Alan Mulally’s Restructuring of Ford Motor Company

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MGT 504 Management & Organizational Behavior Case Study Alan Mulally’s Restructuring of Ford Motor Company Alan Mulally’s Restructuring of Ford Motor Company Case Study Alan Mulally received an opportunity to turn around one of the most famous brand names in the United States. Ford was struggling; losing more than 12.7 million in 2006 (Nelson p558) and desperately needed a change. Alan Mulally took the challenge, and stated he would do what many thought was impossible at the time – make Ford profitable. He did just that. Mulally knew Ford had issues and the first step was to identify those structural issues. The issues included a wide variety of models and styles of automobiles. A work force that was not collaborating or…show more content…
By closing the gaps in the global operations, putting accountability in place and delivering on what customers wanted, One Ford and Mulally have been a success. Mulally had the vision, understanding of the contextual variables, and the ability to compile it into an organizational design. This was the backbone of his success. Mulally is aware that succession planning is the key to Ford’s overall strategy and tactics and has announced his successor COO Mark Fields (Taylor). One really needs to understand what Mulally really accomplished with One Ford fourpoint business plan. He was able to keep Ford out of the bailout and focused on growth and opportunity. He brought a company that looked doomed for Government ownership into profitability and success, and is still one of the leaders in the industry. Mulally might have said it best when he said, “But we stuck with the plan, we stayed on the plan, and we’re very pleased that today we have a foundation now.” “Not only have we fixed the fundamentals of the business, but we kept investing in the product.” This type of leadership and message can only encourage everyone around him. Mulally’s business cards read, “One Team ∙ One Plan ∙ One Goal” and that sums up a power strategy and something from which all leaders should learn. Works Cited Henry, Jim. "Engineering a Comeback." n.d. 10 1 2013 . Hochleutner, Mike. "Ford CEO, Alan Mulally, on remarkable turnaround: It took leadership, courage, and

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