LEADERSHIP AND DECISION MAKING STYLES

Since 2013 there has been on-and-off talk of Sprint purchasing T-Mobile. (They are the third- and fourth-largestmobile phone carriers in the United States.) This move is led by Masayoshi Son, the chair of Japaneseconglomerate SoftBank, which owns Sprint. Mr. Son is a bold entrepreneur who is known for his penchant forrisk taking and desire to be a global leader in the telecommunications industry. If the merger ever goes throughit would result in a merger of the third and fourth largest mobile phone carriers in the United States.Most recently, it appears that the merger will not go through. But the fact that talk of this merger has beenrumored for quite a long time suggests it must have been a very difficult decision for Masayoshi Son. Such alarge-scale merger brings great benefits in allowing a combined Sprint/T-Mobile to compete with industryleaders AT&T and Verizon. But mergers are always very risky and require a huge amount of debt to finance,

review the background materials on the Vroom-Yetton decision-making stylemodel. This involves answering seven questions relating to a decision and using the results from the model todetermine your decision-making style. Make sure you understand the model, including the seven questionsand the path diagram that you follow in order to find the preferred leadership style. The Vroom-Yetton modelallows you to choose between different levels of autocratic, consulting, or group decision-making styles.After you have reviewed the required background materials including Vroom (1976) and Rigolosi (2005), dosome research on Sprint’s decision whether or not to purchase T-Mobile and think about what kind of answersyou would give to the seven questions involved in the Vroom-Yetton model. Here are some articles on therumored Sprint/T-Mobile merger to get you started:

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