Six months have passed since you first heard of the possibility that Slide might relocate its Head Office to the Middle East.
You have been called into William Seaton, the Director of Finance’s office:
“After lots of deliberation, the Board has reached a final decision on the Head Office move. It has been decided that we will relocate to the Middle East.
I need you to draft a report on the following matters:
First of all, we need a strategy for the choice of country to which we are going to relocate. I need you to think about the strategic decisions that will have to be taken so that we obtain the best possible value from the relocation.
Secondly, we have to think about the change management issues with respect to Slide’s senior managers. We have a good team of senior managers and Board members and we wish to see them relocate with the company. I need your thoughts on this.
Thirdly, there will be significant change issues for the other staff members. We cannot justify moving all of them to the Middle East, but we will be relying on them to ensure an orderly transition from the current Head Office to the new one. They will be busy for several months, then most will be made redundant. The rest will be offered new jobs with Slide because we will need a scaled down administrative presence in Kayland. Again, I need your suggestions for this.
Finally, we need to put together a transition team to deal with the many administrative issues that the move will create. I need you to suggest a clear job description for the transition team that explains the main operational tasks required, so that the directors can be left free to focus on the strategic management.”