Midwestern Contemporary Art Essay

5691 Words Aug 13th, 2013 23 Pages
Mid Term Case Study:
Case 16 – Midwestern Contemporary Art

Proc 5840
P T Barnum
September 25, 2013

This case begins with a couple named Peter and Catherine Smith. The Smith’s began collecting art in the late 1960’s after Catherine had an unexpected recovery from cerebral vascular spasms because it was one of Catherine’s life- long dreams. By June of 1981, the Smith’s art collection had grown so much that they were contacted by the MCA and Peter was invited to be a member of the board of trustees. In order to be a member of the board, you are asked to donate $10,000.00 to the MCA. Peter was elected to be the chairman of the board by 1989.
The MCA is a foundation that specializes in contemporary art and strives to be
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The board then discussed how to handle the unpaid pledge by the Smith’s. Some members wanted to sue them and sited some cases where donators were held liable for the payment but, these cases did not involve such a large sum of money. Some of the members disagreed with suing and wanted to resolve the issue in a different manner. It also came to light that Peter Smith had since been diagnosed with terminal cancer, is undergoing chemotherapy, and is being taken care of by Catherine because he is too weak to even walk. Peggy agrees that a lawsuit is not the route to take in this matter due to a lack of supporting cases with such large sums of money and due to the fact that this is not the reputation they want to build for the MCA. Peggy needs to make a decision on how to proceed; a lawsuit or find another way of getting the money.
Was Peter Smith micromanaging Keith Schmidt?
In an article written by E. Kong, micromanaging can be defined as a manager needing to know and be involved in every detail of an employee’s job function and projects. An effective manager, whether it is profit or non-profit, should be involved with their subordinates projects to a certain point and should be aware of the projects strengths, opportunities, weaknesses, and threats (SWOT) (Kong, 2008). Kong also goes on to state that effective management in the non-profit

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