Satera- Conflict

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Imatron Systems, Inc. (ISI) is a private company who is contracted with the U.S. government to design a satellite camera to monitor environmental threats. The contract is extremely important for the company because it serves as a platform for future technology, and for meeting profit targets during 2000 and 2001. The Vice President of research and development at the Remote Imaging Division (RID) of Imatron Systems, Rick Levinger, formed the Satera team to create the camera. The Satera team consists of seven “highly intelligent and educated” engineers. Heading the team is Gary Pinto. The team is in danger of missing the target deadlines set forth in the contract due to conflict between two of the lead mechanical engineers, Ira Lovas and David Bennett, who are responsible for designing the carrying device for the camera. Missing contracted deadlines results in reductions in payments.
The Satera team’s lack of productivity is the result of a personality and cognitive styles clash among two Mr. Lovas and Mr. Bennett. Lovas is described as competent and creative by Pinto. He is methodical, detail oriented and uses already proven methods when solving a problem. Bennett is an innovator. He approaches problems from several different angles at once, and wants to solve problems in ways that have never been tried before. Both have the ability to see solutions where nobody else could. During meetings, Lovas and Bennet have intellectual debates that are increasingly regular, and deteriorate into bickering. The two cannot brainstorm together because they cannot compromise. Their clashing cognitive styles have taken a toll on team spirit and productivity. Other members are complaining that the team is dysfunctional and that the conflict between the two engineers has paralyzed the rest of the team so much that no team member can side with either engineer. Seeing no…...

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