Henry Tam and the MGI Team Case - Main Managerial Problem Essay

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Henry Tam and the MGI Team Case - Main Managerial Problem On the surface, the seven-member MGI team which comprised of Henry Tam and Dana Soiman – both current HBS MBA Students, Alex Sartakov – a Berklee College of Music student, Dav Clar – a MIT graduate student, and Alexander (Sasha) Gimpelson, Igor Tkachenko, and Roman Yakub – the MGI founders, seems like an ideal team, with each member bringing different experiences and technical skills to help with the business plan contest at HBS. However, as we will see in this paper, interpersonal dynamics, a lack of clear leadership, resulting in unclear team goals and individual roles, and a…show more content…
Added to problem during the launching process, other team members were added over next couple of meetings without any prior consultation of the team: Alex joined at the 2nd meeting and Dav joined at the 3rd meeting. This seeded an element of distrust in Henry and Dana and made them wonder whether Sasha needed actual team members, or the team members’ connections to the business plan contests. It is important to monitor how team members interact with one another at the very beginning of the team formation, as this sets the trajectory of team process. As the case details, the behavioral integration at each of the three components - quantity and quality information exchange, collaborative behavior, and joint decision-making - seems poor. We see that it is apparent that the information was not shared equally from the way that the 2 newest members of the team were added to the group. From the case, we also see examples of bad collaborative behavior between Sasha and Dana. In the second meeting, I feel that Sasha may have shown a little of the relationship conflict when he thought that Dana did not know what she was talking about and that what she said was bullshit. This may have stemmed from a task conflict from the prior meeting where Dana insisted that Sasha was wrong to believe cold-calling by a current student was more receptive by alumni. It seems that

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