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Case Study

Bob Knowlton
Group 5 Section D
12P205 Karthik K Baradhwaj 12P206 Kartik Maheshwari 12P207 Kaushik Mukherjee 12P208 Kawaljeet Singh 12P209 Kumar Abhinav 12P210 Love Kumar

How do you perceive Bob Knowlton vis. a vis. Simon Fester?

Bob Knowlton A Team player and a leader.

Effective communicator. Diplomatic. Hard worker. Was a good manager.

Simon Fester

Not a team player but a leader Lacked effective communication skills. Un-diplomatic. Genius and a hard worker. Lacked management skills.

Was Bob Knowlton an Effective leader?

Qualities of leadership possessed by Bob Knowlton.

Effective Communicator. A team player. Involved every member of the team and build team sprit among them. Talked to members individually regarding their differences. Had the respect of his team. Was unable to use Festers genius and hard work to motivate his other team members.

All in all, he was an effective leader, but he had scope for improvement.

Was Knowltons decision to leave the laboratory justified?

Prevailing scenario.

Post Festers arrival Knowltons teams dynamics was disturbed. Festers aggressive and demeaning attitude did not sit well with Knowlton and most of his team. Knowlton felt Fester was wrong in directly approaching Jerrold. Knowlton felt that he was being overshadowed by Fester. Jerrold, Knowltons manager was not able to empathize with Knowltons predicament.

Was Knowltons decision to leave the laboratory justified?


Steps taken by Knowlton. Spoke individually to few team members regarding their

concerns. Encouraged Fester to develop on his theories. Helped showcase Festers brilliance and hard work to Jerrold and other stakeholders. Fester and sensitized him of the need of working as a team. He should have used Festers pro-activeness to inspire his other team members. Being a project head, Knowlton should have used Festers genius in a more channeled way instead of getting threatened.

Additional steps which could have been taken. In the beginning itself Knowlton should have had a word with

Considering all facts, Knowlton should have stayed a little longer and helped the project regain structure.

What is your perception of both the characters as far as their leadership style or behavior is concerned?


Effective Leader. Good Team Player. Good communicator. Empathetic. Hard working. Insecure about his position. Brilliant/Genius. Proactive. Demeaning. Lacked team skills. Good Networker Hard working Lacked basic etiquettes of communication


Can you profile the personality of the two characters viz. Fester and Knowlton?


Openness Conscientiousness Extraversion Agreeableness Neuroticism Openness Conscientiousness Extraversion Agreeableness Neuroticism -

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