The case facts (brief summary; 2-4 sentences of what’s happening and who’s involved): Dave Armstrong is a 29-year old second year MBA student who is undecided about his future and has to decide between three different job prospects. Dave began as a computer programmer for Thorne Enterprises then left to the life insurance business eighteen months later. There seemed to be no growth or momentum building up in the job so he applied and accepted admittance to the Harvard Business School. Now near graduation, he must decide amongst the prospective jobs, Job A, Job B, and Job C. The issues/potential main problem (main issues in OB terms related to the module): Dave’s main problem is deciding amongst the three jobs as all have benefits and risks. The jobs that Dave view as more appealing aren’t certain which makes his decision even harder.
Job A gives him the opportunity to work with his old boss, Mr. Thorne, and is the option he describes as being the one he really wants due to its high potential. Job B isn’t as much of a risk as Job A, but the job is not as appealing to Dave and might only be a short-term deal.
Job C is more of a regular job and doesn’t necessarily possess a risk, but it does not have the same appeal as the others. Dave’s wife also has some say in his choice and prefers Job C, which makes his decision even more challenging. Three questions or comments I want to make in class: 1. Would Dave’s relationship with Mr. Thorne be a big influence in his decision? 2.
How quickly would Dave need to find a job, as all seem to take time to start up. Especially Job C’s 6-12 month wait, which could play a big part in his choice. 3. Bounded rationality was brought to mind when thinking about how Dave is finding difficulty deciding. He only has weeks to give decisions and all information is only the information provided.
Additional information/Relevant theories & concepts that may apply: Dave can’t act impulsively and make a decision based off of short-term goals but also can’t necessarily risk all of his money. His wife also has a big influence on his life and has been pushing for Job C but ultimately wants Dave to pick the option where he’d be the happiest. The decision all relies on Dave and what he wants to do and what he believes is right. If he believes in his external sources, like his wife, he’d more than likely go with Job C.
If this is more of what he wants to do with his future, which it mainly is, he might consider taking a risk and working in an exciting environment.