The Island of Kava is faced with numerous problems such as natural disasters as well as cultural and language diversity, limited economic resources and under-age population. There are numerous solutions to the issues on how Spirit Manufacturing can develop a greater presence and assist the people of the island. Additionally, another goal of Spirit Manufacturing is to maintain a strong, ethical behavior and prove that greater presence can be achieved in the international market without compromising the quality of those goals. Spirit Manufacturing used different tools and techniques to identify the main problems and symptoms affecting the island when evaluating the results. The analysis of the results provides a foundation for the decisions that need to be made. The results of the decision are dependent on the implementation and effectiveness of the solutions. The implementation also requires ethical implications from people of the island and the government and business groups involved in the process.
Several factors can affect the implementation process of Spirit Manufacturing. Strategic management plays a major role in the decision implementation. Lack of a strategic manager or planner in Spirit Manufacturing can delay the implementation of the solutions. Rutan (2006) stated, “A three-step process that includes planning, execution, and monitoring, is a more powerful means of optimizing the long-term performance of an organization.” A Strategic manager position or role will aid the managers of different local areas or different training centers by reducing the time spent on solution implementation. This position will provide Spirit Manufacturing local managers with more time that can be spent on finding productive training and serving as a liaison between agencies to help people of the island generate revenue. The strategic manager will also play a major role liaison between the government, business groups, and local managers to keep managers informed of the need as well as informing different support groups of their progress.
Another factor that can affect the decision implementation process involves the diversity of cultures and languages. The people of the island will need to be part of Spirit Manufacturing. It will also provide the training centers at different locations, thereby providing different training in different languages. The need for control over all the locations is an important factor for decision implementation, but can also create problems between different locations or local managers. Different training centers should be divided based on geographical or cultural needs and these centers can operate relatively independent of the main office. The freedom of independence will provide motivation to achieve objectives, while helping the main office to focus on business-related decisions, rather than providing different training and language availability at the training centers.
Resources play a vital role in all organizations and most of the actions necessary to implement a solution or idea are impossible without the availability of good resources. Amin (2000) stated, “Human resources, human capital, their own labor services-education, and health could be greatly improved to significantly contribute to growth and development.” In order to attract people to the island Spirit Manufacturing will need a marketing strategy or cultural seminars to attract foreign volunteers for the initial process, while training the people of the island as a prototype for the government and business support groups to receive grants and financial assistance. Volunteers are not guaranteed, so Spirit Manufacturing will start the process with very limited resources. The actions required for Spirit Manufacturing are to find people for current and prospective employment opportunities who will assist Spirit Manufacturing in rebuilding the island. The initial step would be to sell their unused land and farms for a long-term employment opportunity. The island will be marketed to the world as a tropical location that can become their home once the reconstruction is complete and can serve as an ideal location for foreign volunteers to secure a job and live on the island turning it into “Paradise” when rebuilt.
Spirit Manufacturing will also be faced with some ethical implications that can differ from normal implications because of the remote location of the island as well as the diversity of different cultures and languages on the island. People of different cultures do tend to react differently to the presence of foreign volunteers or the presence of Spirit Manufacturing. People from different cultures can also have different points of view toward Spirit Manufacturing bringing foreign volunteers or developing the infrastructure of the island. There might be people on the island who are uncomfortable and feel threatened that they are losing control over the island.
To solve this problem, Spirit Manufacturing will need to provide different ethic groups and their leaders the ability to choose the people who should be involved in the process as well as playing a role in helping their community. Studies reveal that large numbers of rules and strict regulations can also affect the ethical decision-making process. Strict laws and rules prevent individuals from making the right decisions for fear of breaking the rules. Michael (2006) stated, “Rules have also triumphed over ethics when they become the ceiling rather than the floor for desired conduct.” Spirit Manufacturing will have to rely on a process where the organization will not set very strict rules, allowing for “trial and error”, thereby preventing people from making unethical decisions and blaming the rules.
In summary, the Island of Kava is faced with numerous problems and very little resources for growth. After careful evaluations of the problems and information gathering stored in the database management system, Spirit Manufacturing was able to identify the critical and urgent problems. Spirit Manufacturing used the survey to gather information and stored the information in the database for comparison. Numerous problems required different tools and techniques and a systematic evaluation and decision-making process. The decisions or solutions are identified; however, the decisions are only effective when implemented correctly. The decision implementation can also face some resistance without having a strategic manager or extensive involvement of workers’ time in decision-making. Decision implementation also requires the resources to help in completing the actions necessary to start the building of a stable infrastructure on the island. Diversity on the island can introduce the complication of different ethical values because of different cultures, and the assumption of Spirit Manufacturing that foreign volunteers will be welcomed may not be factual, but can be justified by giving the local people positions where they can be involved in the process. The ethical complications can be solved by not setting strict rules and allowing room for errors. All the decisions, if implemented successfully, will provide a bright image for government and business groups as well as gaining support from its people.
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