Task 1 Organizational Management
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In this task, you will review and comment on the various human interactions, cultural and organizational, that come into play during the merger process in the “Utah Symphony and Utah Opera: A Merger Proposal” case study. You will explore the motivations of the various constituents to better understand their positions for or against the merger. In this task, you will create a document to help Anne Ewers think through issues that may result from the merger process.
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Bill Bailey, Chairman of the Board of the Utah Opera Organization (UOC) is cautiously in support of the merger of the UOC and the Utah Symphony Orchestra (USO). Mr. Bailey favors the proposed merger for the following reasons, due to the economic climate the UOC’s financial stability, although stable at present, could be at risk for decline in the years to come due to the declining public and private support of the arts. Also, Mr. Bailey along with the UOC trustees would like to see the opera become a tier-one arts organization, which through the merger would be possible. To achieve the goals of financial stability and tier-one status, thereby expanding the UOC’s artistic potential, Mr. Bailey would need to utilize V. H. Vroom’s theory of motivation to gain the support of the UOC’s executive committee and the orchestra members. Expectancy theory can be used whenever there is a choice of two or more alternatives to be made. According to article Using the Theory of Motivation to Support a Merger it states, “Victor Vroom’s Expectancy Theory of Motivation is a process theory identifying internal factors that influence motivation. Based on the principle that motivation is a function of a person’s perceptions, thoughts, and beliefs, process theories of motivation are cognitive in nature. Expectancy theory relies on extrinsic motivators to explain causes for behaviors” (Basu, 2012). Therefore, if Mr. Bailey and the UOC executive committee are motivated, to gain tier-one status, expanding their artistic potential, then they can achieve that status, a valued outcome with actions or behavior that supports the merger. Gaining tier-one status would be an example of an extrinsic motivator which expectancy theory relies on to explain behavior. Mr. Bailey is using this Vroom's theory of motivation to support the merger because of all the internal factors such as being financially stricken not able to run and produce the orchestra company as he wants. Mr. Bailey see's that his orchestra company is in poor financial health and he cannot gain the support as he was used to raise the proper funds to stay competitive. Mr. Bailey see's that Opera is making money and financially strong with a strong leader in Anne Ewers. He is motivated by all the internal financial struggles of symphony to motivate people within his own organization that merging with opera is the best route to go in order to stay alive and competitive in the arts organization. I believe that Vroom's theory leads into as the main theory of motivation that Mr. Bailey is motivated to support the merger. I strongly believe Mr. Bailey is using the financial problems of orchestra as internal factor from Vroom's theory in supporting this merger. He knows that the company will gain revenue and strength by combining both the symphony and opera companies. Mr. Bailey knows that financially the opera cannot survive in today's economic times without the support and merger of the symphony. He has to convince the...