- Read the Case “The Blue Skye Project” at the end of the chapter 10 and response to the following questions:
Garth Hudson was a 29-year-old graduate of Eastern State University (ESU) with a B.S. degree in management information systems. After graduation he worked for seven years at Bluegrass Systems in Louisville, Kentucky. While at ESU he worked part time for an oceanography professor, Ahmet Green, creating a customized database for a research project he was conducting. Green was recently appointed director of Eastern Oceanography Institute (EOI), and Hudson was confident that this prior experience was instrumental in his getting the job as information services (IS) director at the Institute. Although he took a significant pay cut, he jumped at the opportunity to return to his alma mater. His job at Bluegrass Systems had been very demanding. The long hours and extensive traveling had created tension in his marriage. He was looking forward to a normal job with reasonable hours. Besides, Jenna, his wife, would be busy pursuing her MBA at Eastern State University. While at Bluegrass, Hudson worked on a wide range of IS projects. He was confident that he had the requisite technical expertise to excel at his new job.
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- If you were Hudson, how would you respond to the director
- What mistakes did Hudson make?
- What are the lessons to be learned from this case?
Title: Project Management: The Managerial Process
Authors: Clifford F. Gray, Erik W. Larson
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication Date: 2020-01-09