Importance of Responsibility in Management Process at Trader Joes Paper


  • You are to read the two cases on the textbook and address each element of the Case Analysis Questions make sure you support your answers.
  • You should present each case clearly and provide examples as well as persuasively with adequate documentation.
  • It should be documented with footnotes or within text citations and a bibliography or list of works cited.
  • You should use frequent examples from the textbook.
  • You may consult whatever materials you wish and must come from reputable sources
  • Your responses to each case must be 2.5 to 3 pages (no larger than 12 point font) single-spaced pages long excluding other headings and any graphics or diagrams (those should be in an appendix) and using no larger than 1-inch margins and nothing larger than single line spaces between paragraphs.
  • On the section titled “Further Research,” please indicate the sources you used and support the conclusions you reached.

1. Zara International (page 441-442) in the textbook

Case Analysis Questions

1. Discussion: In what ways does Trader Joe’s demonstrate the importance of each responsibility in the management process—planning, organizing, leading, and controlling?

2. Discussion: What lessons does Trader Joe’s story offer to aspiring entrepreneurs who want to get off to a good start in any industry?

3. Problem Solving: At the age of 22 and newly graduated from college, Hazel has just accepted a job with Trader Joe’s as a shift leader. She’ll be supervising four team members who fill part-time jobs in the produce section. Given Trader Joe’s casual and nontraditional work environment, what skills will she need, what should she do, and what should she avoid doing in the first few days of work to establish herself as a successful team leader?

4. Further Research: Study news reports to find more information on Trader Joe’s management and organization practices. Look for comparisons with its competitors and try to identify whether or not Trader Joe’s still has the right management approach and business model for continued success. Are there any internal weaknesses in the Trader Joe’s management approach or new practices by external competitors, or changing industry forces that might cause future problems?

2. Amazon (page 448 -449) in the textbook

Case Analysis Questions

1. Discussion: In what ways does Bezos’s decisions to develop and deliver the Kindle, Kindle Fire, and Fire TV lines show systematic and intuitive thinking?

2. Discussion: How do you describe the competitive risk in Amazon’s environment as other retailers, including Walmart, strengthen their online offerings?

3. Problem Solving: Amazon is continuously looking for new markets to exploit. As CEO Jeff Bezos addresses the strategic opportunity of streaming video, he calls on you for advice on gaining more customers from the younger generations. Amazon’s presence and technology are well established, but Bezos sees a lot of untapped potential in this market. But what decision error and traps might cause him to make the wrong decisions regarding Amazon’s future moves in this regard, and why? What can he do to best avoid these mistakes?

4. Further Research: What are the latest initiatives coming out of Amazon? How do they stack up in relation to actual or potential competition? Is Bezos making the right decisions as he guides the firm through the ever-evolving challenges of today’s cyber markets? Or, is he starting to lose touch as the company grows and his other personal interests take more time and attention?

Note: I will provide the textbook