Utah Symphony and Utah Opera: A Merger Proposal Case Study
As Chairman of the Board of the Utah Opera, William Bailey has a pivotal role in the Utah Symphony and Utah Opera merger proposal. Mr. Bailey seemed to understand the financial and operational differences of the two organizations. As he stated, “the opera had a reserve fund and was financially stable and because of the business model could be flexible and adjust the size of the opera or eliminate projects that had not reached their fund-raising goals. The symphony on the other hand, was a 52-week orchestra with no flexibility.” The merger may devastate the financial stability that Utah Opera currently enjoys. With the current financial state of the Utah
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Such a person behaves as if a great catastrophe is impending.” Mrs. Abravanel is a supporter of her husband’s work. Her husband’s success earned her the right to belong to the symphony community. The Utah Symphony is her social club as well as a fraternity or network of people with the same interest and passions. The merger may put an end to this intimate group. A merged organization will bring in new focus, new people, and new ideas that will put an end to the familiar and comfortable. Maslow (1943) stated: “… the absence of friends, or a sweetheart, or a wife, or children. He will hunger for affectionate relations with people in general, namely, for a place in his group, and he will strive with great intensity to achieve this goal.” This is the current situation for Mrs. Abravanel. Her husband is no longer around and she finds that affectionate relationship with people in the symphony group. Her affectionate needs are being fulfilled in the symphony group. She shares common experiences within her peers in the symphony community. She is against the proposed merger in fear of losing that affectionate group. She belongs to the symphony group.
In Maslow's hierarchy, there are esteem needs that are a step higher than social needs. In addition to social acceptance and belonging, people want to be heard, appreciated, and wanted. Some examples of esteem