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GMC Managing Through the COVID-19 Pandemic: Shooting for the Moon or Set up to Fail

Kamran Kashani
Tawfik Jelassi

By Emeritus Professor Kamran KashaniKamran Kashani, Professor Tawfik JelassiTawfik Jelassi and Abraham Pallivathukkal Cherian

The case describes the challenges faced by a young and ambitious woman taking on a high-risk project during the unusual environment of the Pandemic. Her new innovative ideas are flatly rejected by her senior colleagues, mostly men but also a powerful woman Partner. While failure is not an option for the young consultant, it is not excluded either. Her upcoming promotion would largely depend on her performance on this highly visible project. The firm’s politics could derail her project and her promotion.

Learning Objective

  • Capture the challenges of a newcomer to a well-settled and highly successful organization as she takes charge and innovates
  • To highlight the issues faced by an innovative and ambitious young woman in an organization populated mostly by powerful older men with a history of success behind them.
  • To discuss options and tactics of change agents in an organization settled in its ways. Or, put differently, “how to fix it before it’s broken”.
Keywords Diversity
Settings Global
GMC (Disguised)
Copyright ©IMD 2021
Language English
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