How To Fix The New England Wire And Cable

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The New England Wire and Cable (NEWC) present a situation that was quite possibly very common amongst many towns and smaller cities in the United States during the mid-1980s to the early 1990s. As large corporations with new technology swept across the country, small town American and its legacy manufactures and companies struggled to keep pace. This case study references the New England Wire and Cable Company that in some ways was resistant to change. John P. Kotter article, Why Transformation Efforts Fail, outlines eight classic errors that are made in the transformation process. Likewise, Kotter’s article also outlines eight steps that could spearhead transformation within an organization. There was clearly a commonly hidden problem within the NEWC the so many times goes unseen. That problem was the leadership of NEWC.

John Kotter’s first error in his article takes about what I feel is one of the most important steps. Not establishing a great enough sense of urgency is a very common error. Without this, a company usually has no idea how it has already starting the failure process. In the reference to the NEWC, Gregory Peck’s character Andrew "Jorgy" Jorgenson is the benevolent and folksy leader who is very near and dear to the small Rhode Island company. He in a sense could be consider the hometown hero. Even his nickname, Jorgy, shows the affection that the workers and personal relationship with their boss. From his speech, it is clear that he and everyone else knew NEWC was in trouble financially. During Jorgenson appeal to the shareholder, he spoke as friend and not as the leader of the company.

Danny DeVito’s character Lawrence "Larry the Liquidator" Garfield was a seen as a big city investor who was coming to destroy the hometown business that had supported most of the people of the town for decades. Even his nickname, cast him a villain. Garfield recognized the problem and did...

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