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Reference no. JIACS10-03-04
Published by: Allied Business Academies
Published in: "Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies", 2004

Abstract

Logoistics, a high tech manufacturer in the Northeast, is a global leader in wireless security and surveillance equipment. In the Test Engineering Department of the Printed Circuits Board Division, three engineers and one technician started a secret company, called FutureTech. FutureTech member's were using Logoistics' resources and were even performing services for some of Logoistics' competitors. At the same time, an affair was occurring between one member of FutureTech (Harry) and another associate in the Test Engineering Department of Logoistics (Donna). This latter non-member of FutureTech was secretly conducting a second affair with another member of FutureTech (Matt). A violent outburst occurs between Harry and Donna resulting in Harry's arrest. Logoistics' management discovers both the affairs and the covert Company and is considering what to do. The reader is left with the decisions that upper management must make regarding the individuals in the affairs and those within FutureTech. The primary subject matter of this case concerns office romance and covert employee companies. Secondary issues examined include group cohesiveness, management controls, fraud, and conflict of interest. The case has a difficulty level of three, appropriate for the junior level. The case is designed to be taught in one and a half class hours and is expected to require 3 hours of outside preparation by students.

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Abstract

Logoistics, a high tech manufacturer in the Northeast, is a global leader in wireless security and surveillance equipment. In the Test Engineering Department of the Printed Circuits Board Division, three engineers and one technician started a secret company, called FutureTech. FutureTech member's were using Logoistics' resources and were even performing services for some of Logoistics' competitors. At the same time, an affair was occurring between one member of FutureTech (Harry) and another associate in the Test Engineering Department of Logoistics (Donna). This latter non-member of FutureTech was secretly conducting a second affair with another member of FutureTech (Matt). A violent outburst occurs between Harry and Donna resulting in Harry's arrest. Logoistics' management discovers both the affairs and the covert Company and is considering what to do. The reader is left with the decisions that upper management must make regarding the individuals in the affairs and those within FutureTech. The primary subject matter of this case concerns office romance and covert employee companies. Secondary issues examined include group cohesiveness, management controls, fraud, and conflict of interest. The case has a difficulty level of three, appropriate for the junior level. The case is designed to be taught in one and a half class hours and is expected to require 3 hours of outside preparation by students.

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