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Put on the spot

Chad Plenge (Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, US Military Academy, West Point, New York, USA)
Jordon Swain (Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, US Military Academy, West Point, New York, USA)
James Cornwell (Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, US Military Academy, West Point, New York, USA)

The CASE Journal

ISSN: 1544-9106

Publication date: 10 September 2019

Issue publication date: 10 September 2019

Abstract

Research methodology

The case was created via an interview of the protagonist in 2018 at the US Military Academy by the authors.

Case overview/synopsis

The case describes the dilemma First Lieutenant Williams faces when his platoon sergeant unexpectedly leaves. Organizational norms and accepted practices suggest Lieutenant Williams should choose the most senior squad leader, Staff Sergeant Boyer. The departing Platoon Sergeant even recommended Staff Sergeant Boyer. However, based on recent observations, Lieutenant Williams felt Staff Sergeant Boyer may not be the best fit. Instead, the lieutenant considered choosing the newest squad leader, Staff Sergeant Harrison, who seemed to be highly proficient, but had yet to prove himself. Before the lieutenant could fully weight his options, Staff Sergeant Boyer confronted him about a decision.

Complexity academic level

This case is designed for use in undergraduate courses on leadership and management. The case was not only designed primarily for teaching a lesson on organizational justice, but can also be used to integrate lessons on communication, power and influence, and decision making. Each of these elements is present in the case. The instructor can choose to incorporate them into the lesson for a more wholly encompassing lesson or choose to focus on only the organizational justice aspects at play in the case.

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Acknowledgements

Disclaimer. This case is written solely for educational purposes and is not intended to represent successful or unsuccessful managerial decision making. The authors may have disguised names; financial, and other recognizable information to protect confidentiality.

Citation

Plenge, C., Swain, J. and Cornwell, J. (2019), "Put on the spot", The CASE Journal, Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 267-278. https://doi.org/10.1108/TCJ-12-2018-0125

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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