KFD – Culture and Organisations
Assessment 2 – Individual Assignment: Case Study (80%)
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i) Date of submission: Last lesson of CO
One way to learn about Culture & Organizations is from the Press!
Read the following News Article (reproduced in Appendix A):
“New Malaysia Airlines CEO Christoph Mueller is Remaking the Troubled Carrier”
(BrisbaneTimes, 5 October 2015)
Answer the following questions:
1. Organizational Purpose
Describe briefly the organization, its purpose and its business.
(Note: Some research may be necessary, at least 2 references,
word limit for this question – 250 words.)
2. Organizational Structure
Based on Malaysia Airlines’ organizational structure in the figure in
a. What form of organizational structure has Malaysia Airlines
b. Explain 2 advantages and 2 disadvantages of this structure for
3. According to the article:
a. Give 2 reasons why Malaysia Airlines had to undergo a major
b. What specific lesson in organizational structure could be learnt
from Malaysia Airlines’ restructuring efforts? And in what way did
it help in the airline’s problem?
4. Was Malaysia Airlines facing a structured or unstructured problem?
Give 2 reasons for your answer.
5. Give an example of a structured problem in Malaysia Airlines and
6. What kind of decision-making style do you think would be LEAST
APPROPRIATE for the situation Malaysia Airlines was in as
reported in the article? (i.e. Directive, Analytical, Behavioural or
Conceptual?). Give reason(s) for your answer (at least 2
7. Apply the first 5 Steps in the Rational Decision Process with
elaboration for each step in the context of Malaysia Airlines.
8. Identify 2 important leadership qualities of Malaysia Airlines’ CEO
that were necessary for him to transform the organization to regain
its position of strength in the airline industry. Explain why they are
TOTAL MARKS 100 marks