Project Management and Autonomous Mobile Vehicles
In working out your responses to the Discussion Question, you may choose examples from your own experience or find appropriate cases on the Web that you feel able to discuss. Credit will be given for references you make to relevant examples from real companies. Please read widely and cite and reference all your sources, as per the Harvard Referencing System.
Compose a synthesis of the lessons from the Wong text pages 149–165. Develop your thinking with wider academic support in order to bring out your understanding of the terms used, including: * Personal space, culture, individual versus community orientation, respect for authority, non-verbal communications, the value of time, valuing cultural diversity on …show more content…
The brief project statement that you wrote together with Ryan and Jeff is:
To create the start-up company so that the product (as defined in a charter document) is available for installing at customer sites in 10 months from the start date and a production operation is also in place by that time to develop the vehicles at a rate of 50 units per week and control station at one per week.
The proposed name for the new organisation is Sturata Inc. and it will be setup in Vermont, USA. You will be the interim COO (Chief Operating Officer) of the company until successful completion of the setup phase. Jeff Hoffman will be the president and CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of the company at least during the setup phase, while Dr. O'Neal will be vice president, engineering and the CTO (Chief Technical Officer).
Let us assume that after discussion with your family and friends you decide to become the key player of the executive team together with Jeff Hoffman and Dr. O'Neal. Miss Yamaguchi, a young Japanese-American with a degree from The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA, was hired as VP, Administration. Miss Yamaguchi has earlier experience of setting up two start-ups in cross-cultural configurations. The position of a CFO (Chief Financial Officer) is still vacant, however.
There are a number of issues involved with this project, including the following: * The product needs to be extensively