PSYC 6335 UIW Wk 1 Applied Psychology in Human Resource Management Discussion


Consider a current or recent job (name and information of job and bosses can remain anonymous).
Did you work in a traditional cost center, a revenue center, or a productivity center? Briefly describe the firm and department and what made it a cost, revenue, or productivity center.
How would you rate the level of productivity, job satisfaction, turnover, and absenteeism?
Give examples of how your manager/supervisor/boss used each of the four HRM skills (include technical skills, interpersonal skills, conceptual and design skills, and business skills). Evaluate their performance and how this may have influenced work environment, productivity, job satisfaction, turnover, and absenteeism.
Catalya Hats is a large hat company with a global presence that spends time handcrafting hats using a specialized material, toquilla straw fiber, which must be woven by hand. Catalya earned notoriety from being a popular clothing apparel for both its uniqueness and celebrity appeal.
It is noted that the top managers in the company worked their way up to positions and participated in job rotation. Because they participated in job rotation, it was believed that the managers have an appreciation and understanding to every job performed by Catalya and for the people performing those jobs. This approach directly tied into the mission and vision of the company, focusing on cross-functional corporate structure.
Catalya Hats was put in a unique position when their production capacity maxed out. This caused the owners to sell Catalya to a private investor (Ralph Dweck), who agreed to retain the employees for 2 years and remain with the vision and mission of Catalya. This included moving toward a corporate approach to for Catalya.
In order to enter international markets, this included Catalya outsourcing through finding international business partners. This would include outsourcing production, something that Catalya had not done before in their history. Other managers were concerned about the outsourcing; however, Dweck reinforced the notion of meeting consumer demand without committing a huge amount of resources and looking at short-term production options.

What is Catalya Hats’s vision/mission and how might it explain why the Catalya family sold their firm to a private investor, Ralph Dweck?
What external environmental factors underlie the discussion of whether production of Catalya hats should or should not be outsourced?
What is the strategy of Catalya Hats and how does it affect its HR policies? 

The discussion around outsourcing of production to foreign partners is an example of which five forces of competitive analysis?

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