Harpo Case Study

868 WordsSep 11, 20124 Pages
Running head: HARPO CASE STUDY Harpo Case Study Introduction Harpo is a production company that encompasses many forms of communication to the masses through its owner and creator, Oprah Winfrey. Harpo’s campus headquarters are currently in Chicago, Illinois. In Chicago and throughout all the endeavors that Harpo attempts to influence Oprah is the head of the deciding factor. She is the top of the organizational hierarchy. Everything about the company is part of Oprah. So what happens if Oprah is no longer able to be the head of the organization? This case study looks at the problems and potential solutions to an organization that relies on a single individual for decisions. Potential Dangers There are a few potential dangers of…show more content…
When you represent a company, it is important to show that they are someone who has the values that you do. To do this Oprah needs to believe in the products and companies that she represents and continue to turn them away if they are not part of her ideal company. Conclusion Harpo is a strong company with a lot of history and strong ideals. To ensure that their future is as fruitful as their past, it is extremely important to be able to have a figure head like Oprah who is of sound mind and level headed, to have someone who knows that it is not part of their job to discuss the budget reports but to decide what films will best represent the company. Harpo needs to continue to hire and pursue the values and ideals that make their company strong and they will maintain an iconic image in the future. References Colquitt, J. et al (2011). Organizational Behavior: Improving Performance and Commitment in the Workplace (2 ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. Lenxner, R. (2008, December 12). Bernie madoff's $50 billion ponzi scheme. Forbes, Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/2008/12/12/madoff-ponzi-hedge-pf-ii-in_rl_1212croesus_inl.html French and raven's five forms of power. Mind Tools, Retrieved from
Open Document