This paper will analyze the management team at Boeing in regard to planning. This analysis entails an evaluation of the planning function of management. Next, the impact of legal issues, ethics, and corporate social responsibilities have had on management planning at Boeing will be reviewed. Three factors will be examined that influence the organization’s strategic, tactical, operational, and contingency planning. Those factors are outsourcing, competition, and energy efficiency.
Boeing is the world’s leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Boeing also manufactures rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites, launch vehicles, advanced information and communication systems. (Boeing, 2008) With a diversified range of products, Boeing is organized into two business units: Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. Supporting these units are Boeing Capital Corporation, the Shared Services Group, and Boeing Engineering, Operations & Technology. Boeing has an Executive Council which comprises the leaders of the just mentioned groups, but also other departments within the organization to provide leadership and planning. (Boeing, 2008)
Legal issues can complicate the planning process and put the company in a difficult situation. Boeing has been sued a number of times involving differences in gender pay and used aggressive strategies to defend their position by their legal team. With the previous lawsuits, Boeing claimed attorney client privilege to hide internal documents prepared by their attorneys about pay differences and earlier cases were thrown out. With the latest lawsuit though, Boeing was forced to turnover the documents uncovering what they knew about the pay differences and slowly over multiple years handed over documents with the last set to be very damaging to Boeing. (Holmes & France, 2004)
Boeing quickly settled avoiding trial which minimized negative public relations with the company. In a statement, Boeing stated it has been and will continue to provide an environment in which employees are treated fairly and have opportunities to build successful careers. With a strong legal team from Boeing, they were able to minimize negative news and perception toward the company. (Merle, 2004) Fortunately, for Boeing this was happening when other scandals were getting more attention which was the aerial tanker contract and stolen documents from a competitor.
Boeing has had some problems in ethics this past decade. One of those scandals the company has been rattled with is the tanker contract for replacing outdated planes for the Air Force. This example can have a negative impact in the community, the customers, and the employees of Boeing. This creates an environment of distrust by the people outside of the company and questions the leadership capability of the management team by their investors. This...