German audio company
Question 3 (word limit: 700 words)
Tom Corporation is a private German audio company specializing in design and production of a wide range of both consumer and high fidelity products. Founded 40 years ago by Sean Arnold, the firm now employs 200 workers and has annual sales of over $15 million Sean operates the firm in a highly centralized way, and retains control over all changes in operations. Although Sean Arnold is now 67 years old, he has no apparent management successor, and has always hand-picked his department heads and staff personnel He has been generous to those who worked for him, paying substantial bonuses each year to the employees based on his personal evaluation of each worker. Just six weeks ago, a heart attack convinced Sean to consider retirement, and he decided to sell the firm to his employees.
Assuming that the new management wants to operate as a decentralized firm, what major management problems do you foresee in the transition from sole owner to employee ownership? (8.5 marks)