Rob Parson at Morgan Stanley: Exploring managerial problems associated with performance appraisal and performance management.

Essay by littleantUniversity, Master's October 2005

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1. Overview.

This report presents an independent analysis addressing the insights for important management issues associated with performance appraisal and performance management in the Capital Market Services of Morgan Stanley. The analysis will be focused on identifying the major problems, analyzing the situations, and making feasible and thorough recommendations for the board of Morgan Stanley to improve the existing situations.

2. Problem Statements.

Rob Parson was a star producer in the Capital Market Services Department who had been recruited from a competitor two years ago and had generated substantial revenues since joining the firm. I would like to address more specific and surface problems for this situation as follows:

2.1 Problem 1 -Rob Parson's Performing Issues.

Parson's success at generating business was offset by performance reviews from internal co-workers that painted him as a poor fit in the firm's collaborative culture. Parson's performance issues had been making his two immediate supervisors, Paul Nasr, the senior managing director in early 1996 and Gary Stuart, the just promoted managing director in early 1997 faced the dilemma whether to promote Rob Parson as managing director.

2.2 Problem 2 -Rob as Irreplaceable Staff.

Stuart felt certain that Parson would leave the firm if he was not promoted in 1997. This would mean losing a valuable employee and a star producer and creating an empty seat in an area important for the firm's business. Morgan Stanley needed Parson to attain the firm's strategic business objectives and even Stuart felt strongly that Parson would be impossible to replace.

2.3 Problem 3 - Little consensus for the 360-degree evaluation process

The purpose of 360-degree evaluation is to emphasize teamwork, cooperation, and cross selling. However, there was little consensus on what the 360-degree evaluation actually meant in practice since its implementation in 1993.

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