Hewlett-Packard Case Assignment

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Hewlett-Packard Case Assignment Iman Abdur-Rahim Prof. Brian Grizzell Principles of Management BUS302 August 19th, 2011 The first problem that I noticed when I read the case was the fact it mentioned that HP was under managed. In 2001, HP had 84,400 employees while Carly Fiorina was Chief Executive Officer ¹. This fact lets me know that there should have been various levels of management from the CEO on down to the first level employees. In order for a company to be successful there has to be a vision and direction should be provided to carry out that vision. As CEO, Carly Fiorina took care of being the face of the company but neglected to provide that much needed direction internally. She could have organized a senior leadership…show more content…
It would appear that HP made the right decision by bringing on Mark Hurd as its new Chief Executive Officer. He was brought in to correct a lot of the management deficiencies that Carly Fiorina left behind. Mark Hurd brought with him a focus on execution and he began working from the bottom up. I think that his method was needed at that time because it works well when dealing with a vertical management structure. All levels must feel important and involved in making the company successful. Although Mark Hurd maybe the face of the company, he is not the only person that keeps it going. As a good leader does, he kept what worked. In this case it was keeping the overall strategy that Carly Fiorina had in place but he provided specific visionary purposes. He had to restructure divisions and ultimately lay off over 14,000 employees to maintain the company’s budget goals. In the long run, Mark Hurd made the difficult decisions that needed to be made to bring the company back on track. His actions earned the trust of his employees and therefore I would conclude that he boosted the overall morale of his employees. References 1. Boxer, Barbara. (2010). Ad from sen. barbara boxer attacks carly fiorina for layoffs at hp. Truth-O-Meter, Retrieved from http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2010/sep/17/barbara-boxer/ad-sen-barbara-boxer-attacks-carly-fiorina-layoffs 2.

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