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It is Not Always Easy to Quit*

CASE STUDY, HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
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It is Not Always Easy to Quit

 

It was a warm, humid afternoon in Mumbai-usual in the city at this time of the year. Abhilash Dubey (Abhilash), Assistant Manager (Control Systems), National Energy Generation Corporation (NEGC), was going through some routine paper-work post lunch hours and was trying hard to concentrate on the papers on his desk. It was not one of his busiest days, therefore he let his mind wander.

Around 3 pm, a call from the Mumbai headquarters of Surya Infrastructure Group, one of the country’s largest construction and engineering enterprises. The caller, Vijay Joshi (Vijay), Senior Executive of the Human Resource Department, congratulated Abhilash and informed him that he has been selected as Manager (Control Systems) of Surya Infrastructure Group. He was also informed that he would be receiving a formal offer letter within next 48 hours and Surya Group would be delighted to receive his consent on joining them as soon as possible.

For over two months, Abhilash had gone through a long and demanding selection process in Surya Group. This conglomerate, with its lucrative pay package and high reputation for its career development programs, was one of the most sought after workplaces in India, as assessed by various business publications. Being offered a job in the managerial cadre in Surya Group would make any young professional proud and excited. However, Abhilash was not so thrilled.......................

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It is Not Always Easy to Quit

 

Synopsis

In this fictional case, the crucial issue of career progression is highlighted through a problem faced by Abhilash Dubey (Abhilash) Assistant Manager (Control Systems), National Energy Generation Corporation (NEGC). The protagonist of this case is employed with a Public Sector Enterprise (PSE), which offers excellent career development opportunities for its employees, in contrast to many of the government-owned companies. Abhilash had made significant progress in his career in this PSE in last few years. Now, at a crucial juncture of career, he is offered a higher position by one of the most valuable private conglomerates in the country. Even this organization offered high quality career development plans to Abhilash. Now, he has to make a decision whether to join this new company or not.

Expected Learning Outcomes

• Understand the need to align an individual’s career plans with organization’s career development policies and practices
• Highlight the idea that strategically designed career development plans

Case Positioning and Setting

This case is primarily designed to be used in a regular two-year MBA Program/Executive MBA course/People Management course at undergraduate or post-graduate level or its equivalent. It may be included in the Human Resource Management (HRM) course. This case can offer an ideal discussion on the importance, relevance and usefulness of structured career management programs in organizations. Participants in case discussion will require the basic knowledge about career planning and career management in order to obtain most benefit out of the case.

Assignment Questions

I. In view of the career development programs as prevalent in NEGC, discuss the importance of high quality career management policies in knowledge-centered organizations
II. Illustrate the concept of career and career management from the perspective of the employee and employer, using examples from the case.
III. ..........................

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Abstract


The case study focuses on the importance of career management in today's organizations. There is a need for matching an individual's career plans with organization's career development policies and practices. The case study highlights the career progression plans offered by a PSE to Abhilash Dubey. Against this background, the case study offers an overview of the opportunities offered by a private conglomerate four years down the line to the incumbent executive. The case study underlines the importance of matching the needs of a person's career plans with what is offered by an organization in that regard. The case study intends to highlight the idea that strategically designed career development plans and career management programs can be instruments for gaining competitive advantage for organizations.



Pedagogical Objectives

  • To understand the need to align an individual’s career plans with organization’s career development policies and practices
  • To highlight the idea that strategically designed career development plans

Case Positioning and Setting
This case is primarily designed to be used in a regular two-year MBA Program/Executive MBA course/ People Management course at undergraduate or post-graduate level or its equivalent. It may be included in the Human Resource management (HRM) course. This case can offer an ideal discussion on the importance, relevance and usefulness of structured career management programs in organizations. Participants in case discussion will require the basic knowledge about career planning and career management in order to obtain most benefit out of the case.



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