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I HAVE TO USE THE READINGS ATTACHED TO TIE INTO ANSWER You are the Vice Presiden

I HAVE TO USE THE READINGS ATTACHED TO TIE INTO ANSWER You are the Vice President of Human Resources for Nittany Fone, a
manufacturer of “smart” cellular telephones. Nittany survived a recent
financial crisis and business has stabilized. In fact, the future looks
bright and now the CEO wants to plot a path of growth.Some background : Nittany Fone competes primarily in
the eastern half of the U.S. with the more well-known international
producers of smartphones and you market your phones primarily through
the major cell phone carriers, although you also sell your phones
directly to consumers on your website. You are able to compete with much
better known competitors because you have added some unique apps to
your phones that enable them to broadcast exclusive showings of college
sports for alumni and fans. Your phones also come in the colors of the
purchaser’s favorite college team. Nittany Fone has exclusive contracts
with the Big East, the ACC, the Big 10 and the SEC college athletic
conferences to broadcast all of their athletic events. Its business plan
for next year involves:Increase sales by 10% by:increasing our penetration among Big East, ACC, and Big 10 and SEC fans;
adding new teams and conferences to our menu; and,
adding new exclusive offerings (e.g., Broadway plays and rock
concerts) to attract new customers and to broaden our customer base.
Reduce our overall cost structure by 8% while maintaining our proud “made in the USA” manufacturing base.
Upgrading our product offerings (both phones and apps) to meet the
ever improving product line and new apps continually introduced by our
competitors.
Continue to maintain our excellent reputation for customer service
and support, which we consider to be one of our competitive edges.
One additional piece of information is that employees have been
disheartened by the ups and downs of our business and it is tough to get
them to buy in to making more changes. The result has been lower morale
and excessive turnover.Your task is to come up with strategies for HR to execute that will
contribute to Nittany Fone achieving its four business goals listed
above. More specifically, what HR programs, policies, procedures,
functions, etc., should we look at that might better position our
organization to meet these goals? For example, how do we encourage
positive change in our employees and our supervisors? What do we look at
in terms of hiring, training, designing pay plans, and creating and
maintaining a corporate culture that encourages and rewards the
behaviors Nittany Fone needs to grow and prosper?There are undoubtedly a number of additional facts that you may need
to completely analyze the situation. Please make whatever reasonable
assumptions you need to fill in any factual “blanks,” but please
identify what assumptions you are making.