Disorganization at Semco: Human Resource Practices as a Strategic Advantage|Human Resource|Organization Behavior|Case Study|Case Studies

Disorganization at Semco: Human Resource Practices as a Strategic Advantage

            
 
Case Studies | Case Study in Business, Management, Operations, Strategy, Case Study

Case Details:

Case Code: HROB152
Case Length: 14 Pages
Period: 1982-2012
Organization: Semco
Pub Date: 2012
Teaching Note: Not Available
Countries: Brazil
Industry: Diversified

To download Disorganization at Semco: Human Resource Practices as a Strategic Advantage case study (Case Code: HROB152) click on the button below, and select the case from the list of available cases:

Human Resource and Organization Behavior | Case Study in Management, Operations, Strategies, Human Resource and Organization Behavior, Case Studies

OR

Buy Now

Amount to be paid:



Prefer to pay in another currency ?
Select Currency for Payment



Exchange Rates: Click Here
Delivery Details: Click Here

Price:

For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 400;
For delivery through courier (within India): Rs. 400 + Rs. 25 for Shipping & Handling Charges

Human Resource, Organization Behavior Case Studies
HRM Short Case Studies
View Detailed Pricing Info
How To Order This Case
Business Case Studies
Area Specific Case Studies
Industry Wise Case Studies
Company Wise Case Studies

Custom Search


Please note:

This case study was compiled from published sources, and is intended to be used as a basis for class discussion. It is not intended to illustrate either effective or ineffective handling of a management situation. Nor is it a primary information source.



Chat with us

Strategic Management Formulation, Implementation, & Control, 12e

Please leave your feedback

Leave Your Feedback

ICMR India ICMR India ICMR India ICMR India RSS Feed

<< Previous

"There is no contest between the company that buys the grudging compliance of its workforce and the company that enjoys the enterprising participation of its employees". 1

- Ricardo Semler, CEO, Semco, in 1989.

"For the past thirty years, this company owner has essentially blocked a "real" CEO from ruining his company by holding the position himself, and refusing to rule. Instead, his employees rule, in what is one of the few truly democratic workplaces in all the world" 2

- Ted Coine, Author and Speaker, in May 2011.

Semco, based in Sao Paolo, Brazil, was considered by experts as one of the most innovative democratic workplaces in the world. Ricardo Semler (Semler), the majority stockholder of the privately-owned company, had essentially handed over total control of the company to the company's workforce. The company actively promoted the principles of democracy, transparent communications, constructive dissent, creativity, and employee growth.3 The outcome was noteworthy - Semco's revenue, margins, employee strength, and business segments had expanded significantly.4 The fact that the company had an inspired workforce was reflected in its low attrition rates.

Human Resource and Organization Behavior | Case Study in Management, Operations, Strategies, Human Resource and Organization Behavior, Case Studies

As of 2003, Semco's businesses comprised the production of industrial mixers, manufacturing of cooling towers for commercial estates, property and facility management services, environmental consulting, e-businesses, and inventory management. In 2007, Semco was also getting its hospitality business started and was dabbling in hospital and airport ventures.5 Several observers were especially startled by the cultural metamorphosis that Semco had achieved, given the fact that, to begin with, it was a top-down driven autocratic set-up. But experts wondered if the transformations at Semco would work in organizations.

Background Note - Next Pages >>


1] Ricardo Semler, "Managing without Managers," Harvard Business Review, September-October 1989.
2] Ted Coine, "The UnCEO: 6 Unconventional Leaders to Know," http://sustainablebusinessforum.com, May 16, 2011.
3] Gary A. Yukl and Wendy S. Becker, "Effective Empowerment in Organizations," Organization Management Journal, Vol. 3, No.3, 210-231, 2006.
4] "How Mavericks Manage in the Downturn," www.ariadne-associates.co.uk, January 11, 2011.
5] Dominique Haijtema, "The Boss who Breaks All the Rules," http://odewire.com, January 21, 2007.

 

Case Studies Links:- Case Studies, Short Case Studies, Simplified Case Studies.

Other Case Studies:- Multimedia Case Study, Cases in Other Languages.

Business Reports Link:- Business Reports.

Books:- Textbooks, Workbooks, Case Study Volumes.