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The paper 'Strategic Management and Business Policy' is a wonderful example of a Management Case Study. The process of decision-making is clearly depicted in the report. In my opinion, the senior directors who head the recruitment team should base their recruitment process on the merits of an individual and not on the ethnic background. As part of the team involved in assessing the recruitment of the applicants, I found it unethical and disheartening when an application of a less qualified applicant was selected over that of a more qualified person. The position in question was the Human Resource Manager.

The applicant short-listed belonged to the same ethnic group as the individuals who voted him in. They happened to be the majority of the recruitment board. The applicant that scored the highest when tested on their decision-making capabilities was the gentleman with outstanding academic merits, but despite his performance, he was overlooked. The reason behind his dismissal was he did not convince the panel on why he wanted the job and the change he would bring to the company if given the opportunity to become an employee.

Being a witness during the whole interviewing process, I can attest that neither performed better than the other. They both had good reasons as to why they wanted the job and stipulated the necessary changes they would bring once chosen to occupy the position. In my opinion, the overlooked candidate who was Asian by ethnic affiliation should have been the one chosen to fill that position instead of the Caucasian. Introduction In the corporate world, the process of decision-making forms a vital part of any establishment to ensure it is run and managed properly.

This affirms the company will be successful. One of the main points considered in strategic management is the tactics and strategies implemented in order to guarantee the long-run performance of a corporation (Charan, 1998, 65). The first and foremost aspect influencing the decisions made in improving the organizational performance of an establishment (Wheelen & Hunger 2011, 44). A major part of the corporation with a great impact on organizational performance is the working force. The employee ensures all the functions required of an establishment are done to perfection thus increasing the overall performance. Problem The problem of ethical bias was noted in the recruitment process while filling the position of the human resource manager.

The applicant short-listed belonged to the same ethnic group as the individuals who voted him in. They happened to be the majority of the recruitment board. The applicant that scored the highest when tested on their decision-making capabilities was the gentleman with outstanding academic merits, but despite his performance, he was overlooked. Analysis Learning Organization There are traits that should be instilled in an organization for it to be considered to be in a learning process.

This includes using the history and past experiences as a learning tool. The discrimination of one’ s ethnicity is a long-outdated practice. It is part of a dark history that should not be relived again especially in the modern world today where globalization is the new order. With globalization being at its peak, establishments all over the world should encourage each other to embrace cultural diversity, which is a never-ending phase. An organization that fails to incorporate strategic management is one with impending collapse looming over it (Wheelen & Hunger 2010, 99).

The recruiting team is part of the management as it selects only the best team players out of the many applicants who come for the interviews. The decision made was not for the company’ s interest and it bordered on discrimination. Selecting an employee suited for the job vacancy meant overlooking their ethnicity and focusing more on their academic merits and attitudes. The decision made, to some extent has deterred the company’ s performance, as it would have retained as a better employee.

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