Museum Case Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… Smith and Mr. Schmidt had diverse goals from the beginning. Mr. Smith wanted to wait with the construction of the new museum, but Mr. Schmidt wanted to start construction immediately. From the beginning they were arguing about the direction and speed that the museum was going. Mr. Smith asked a lot of questions about what Mr. Schmidt was doing, but he never objected to anything. In this case Mr. Smith is the sender and Mr. Schmidt is the receiver. Messages were not encoded by either party. Since both of them could never see eye to eye, and could never agree on anything, they could never decide on an outcome that both can benefit from. Because of the differences they are in financial trouble now, Mr. Smith resigned from the board, and the $5 million pledge is …show more content…
Schmidt’s idea in starting construction immediately. He talks to the board members and assures them that he knows what he’s doing, and that he was always successful in his previous jobs. Mr. Smith is still not pleased with the early construction of the museum. Mr. Schmidt tells them that in his previous jobs he held, none of the board members had a problem with his ideas, and the way he was running the museum. He also tells them that he is a professional and he knows what he’s doing. Since he did a good job so far running the museum, the board members decided to start construction on the new building immediately with Mr. Smith still objecting to it. When Mr. Smith disappeared and his pledge was unfulfilled MCA was faced with a hard decision. MCA had to decide whether to sue Mr. Smith or to approach him first about this problem. They did not want to sue Mr. Smith since he was a valued and respected former chairman, but they have no other choice since they are in financial struggle.
Loss-gain- Since the board members decided against the chairman of the board they knew that this was not going to be easy. Mr. Smith will consider his chairmanship as ineffective and a waste of time since all his board members decided for something he did not believe in, taking the well being of the whole museum into consideration. Mr. Smith disappeared with his wife from the Chicago area, and did not fulfill his pledge to MCA for
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Schmidt and Mr. Smith wanted to open the new museum building as soon as possible, but they wanted to do it different ways. Mr. Smith wanted to have a backup plan first before he was ready to go with the construction, and Mr. Schmidt wanted to open the new building regardless. He did not respect Mr. Smith’s wishes, and the reason behind the backup plan. They had the same interests but not the same focus on how to satisfy their interests and needs. If the board members had agreed on a different outcome other then granting Mr. Schmidt permission to begin construction, but rather to have a backup plan and then start construction, this whole mess would not have started in the first place. Mr. Smith could have used his power to influence the board members to decide for him, but he did not. He wanted the board members to decide based on the facts, thinking that they would decide against the construction for now. Mr. Schmidt used his knowledge and expertise to win the board members over, and he got what he wanted. I believe if they had decided in favor of them both instead just Mr. Schmidt they would not have to use all their energy and focus now on how to get the pledge from Mr. Smith, but on how to make the museum widely known for its great collection of art. MCA would not have been faced with this difficult decision on how to proceed from here on, and collect the unfulfilled $5 million pledge that they need in order to keep the new museum

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