MGT422 Discussion Board ch10

What are your alternatives? What is your obligation to consumers? Who are your other stakeholders and what do you owe them? What is your obligation to your employer and to other employees at your company? What should your course of action be? How can you apply the due care theory to this case?Product Safety
As a brand manager at a large food manufacturer, you’re positioning a new product for
entry into the highly competitive snack food market. This product is low-fat, low-calorie,
and should prove to be unusually successful, especially against the rapidly-growing
pretzel market. You know that one of your leading competitors is preparing to launch a
similar product at about the same time. Since market research suggests that the two
products will be perceived as identical, the first product to be released should gain
significant market share. A research report from a small, independent lab – Green Lab indicates that your product causes dizziness in a small group of individuals. Green has an
impressive reputation and their research has always been reliable in the past. However,
the research reports from two other independent labs don’t support Green’s conclusion.
Your director of research assures you that any claims of adverse effects are unfounded
and the indication of dizziness is either extremely rare or the result of faulty research by
Green Lab. Since your division has been losing revenue because of its emphasis on
potato chips and other high-fat snack food, it desperately needs a low-fat money maker.
Since you were brought into the division to turn it around, your career at the company
could depend on the success of this product.

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