Utah Opera Merger Case Study

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OB400 Organizational Theory & Behavior: Task #1
Utah Symphony and Utah Opera: A Merger Proposal
Jamin Dela Cruz & SB Lee
Northern Marianas College
Organizational Theory & Behavior
Mrs. Bobbie Hunter Bill Bailey
The Chairman of the Board of the Utah Opera, Bill Bailey, holds an important position in Utah Opera. As the top management of the organization who is just below the Board of Trustees, Bill Bailey is highly responsible for this proposed merger (Ager & Delong, 2004). He is the head and person-in-charge for the entire organization of Utah Opera. He may be blamed for everything for any negativity, but he also may be praised for any positivity. As a result, he oversees the general work performed and produced of Anne Ewers and is
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Her background consists of being a general director of the Boston Lyric Opera as well as being an assistant director for the San Francisco Opera and the Canadian Opera Company (Ager & Delong, 2004). However, she is best known for directing operas which help build her career early on (Ager & Delong, 2004). Her back-story also consists having to pull one company out from debt as well as increase an already high profit of another company while building an endowment fund and increasing the number of opera productions per year (Ager & Delong, 2004). This tells us that Ewers is not only hard working but she is eager to be successful as her accomplishments are numerous. As defined by the textbook, positional power refers to the degree to which the leader has formal power to reward, punish, or obtain compliance from employees (Kinicki & Kreitner, 2013). Similarly, the textbook defines personal power as power directed at oneself (Kinicki & Kreitner, 2013). These two types of powers go hand in hand as personal power focuses on the attributes of the person such as their people skills, charisma, and listening skills (Kinicki & Kreitner, 2013) while positional power focuses on the actual power of the person because of the authority their job entitles them to (Kinicki & Kreitner, 2013). Ewers wouldn’t take those job positions if she didn’t manage her…show more content…
If that was the case, the merged organization may have to give up in providing consistent world-class performances. If problems like strike occur, it also harms the organization’s reputation, cause a negative marketing effect. If these problems continue, the organizations have to resolve this matter by either finding replacement musicians or accepting their request to some extent. The worst case of all, the merged organization may fall apart and dissolve as a
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