Case Study: Steve Jobs & Apples

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Case Study: Steve Jobs & Apple Sharell Byrd HSC_6304 July 8, 2012 Dr. Samantha Murray Abstract Steve Jobs success story began in 1976 when he and a friend built the first personal computer. He founded Apple in 1970s; he was the Chairman and CEO of Apple Computers Incorporations until he was fired by the board of directors. He did not let this obstacle stop him. He went and started other businesses and developments in 1984, he developed the Macintosh, which was the first the first small computer with a graphic in its time. In 1985, he start NeXT, a year later he developed Pixar animated studios. At Pixar he held the position as the CEO also. Jobs contracted with Disney…show more content…
The most important role was the decisional role. Steve Jobs was about producing top of the line products. He wanted the best of the best. Jobs had the authority to routinely sends pro-ducts back to the lab, kills new products in their crib, demands new features or euthanizes old ones(Lussier & Achua, 2012, pp. 27-28). Jobs was outspoken and seemed to not have a problem upsetting the employees or customers. These alone can be some tough decisions. As a leader you would think he didn’t want to run off the good employees. On the other hand your customers keeps you in business why would you make them upset. Without customers there is no business. The organizational level of analysis is the primary focus of this case. This level of analysis of leadership theory focuses on the organization. This level is also known as the organizational process. Organizational performance in the long run depends on effectively adapting to the environment and acquiring the necessary resources to survive, and on whether the organization uses an effective transformation process to produce its products and services. It has been said that an organization is the sum of all of its individual transactions (Lussier & Achua, 2012, p.17). Apple must keep up with the changing technology to stay number one in the industry. A leader-ship theory is an explanation of some aspect of leadership; theories have practical value because they are used to better understand, predict, and control
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