Description: Recent events at Penn State University, while certainly reflecting a very serious issue that should not be taken lightly, provide a unique opportunity to explore several aspects of management. The decision to use this situation as a basis for discussion should be carefully considered.
Source: J. W. Miller, & R. Bachman, “Paterno Ousted at Penn State,” Wall Street Journal
Date: November 10, 2011
Questions for discussion:
- What role does human resource management have in a situation like this? In other words, does HR bear any responsibility? Which of the three major responsibilities might have the greatest impact for preventing something like this in the future?
- A number of individuals employed by Penn State University have been terminated. From a legal standpoint, do these dismissals create any cause for concern? Would anyone fired have a legitimate claim of wrongful discharge?
- As Penn State seeks to fill vacancies created by firings, particularly within its football program, should the university utilize external or internal recruitment? Why?
- How should Penn State utilize performance management to reduce the risk of a similar situation occurring in the future?