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Adam Wainwright’s analysis of the situation at Guitarras Dominguez and Do you think craftsmanship is incompatible with increasing productivity in this company.

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We Want More Guitars! Adam Wainwright’s early morning phone call from Valencia, Spain, initially startled his boss, Vincent Fletcher. Adam, a true slave to the latest techno-gadgetry, never called. Yet here he was at 8:00 a.m. Pacific time on the phone to the CEO of Fletcher Guitars in Los Angeles. “What did they do—lose your luggage with all of your toys inside?” Fletcher joked. “Did the plant burn down?” “No, I just decided to call you on this one. I’ve been here for a week, looking over operations. Forget the idea of getting any...

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We Want More Guitars! Adam Wainwright’s early morning phone call from Valencia, Spain, initially startled his boss, Vincent Fletcher. Adam, a true slave to the latest techno-gadgetry, never called. Yet here he was at 8:00 a.m. Pacific time on the phone to the CEO of Fletcher Guitars in Los Angeles. “What did they do—lose your luggage with all of your toys inside?” Fletcher joked. “Did the plant burn down?” “No, I just decided to call you on this one. I’ve been here for a week, looking over operations. Forget the idea of getting any substantial increase in productivity. I don’t think these guys are capable of upping production by ten guitars per year,” Adam complained. “Isn’t that an exaggeration?” Fletcher asked. There was a momentary silence on the other end of the line. “Adam, did I lose you?” “No.” “Look, part of our reputation is based on the quality and craftsmanship of the acoustic guitars produced by Dominguez and his workers. This is all high-end stuff,” Fletcher said in a voice that always reminded Adam of actor Jason Robards. “Now, with the tremendous rise in the popularity of Latin music, we want to encourage increased production. That’s your task, Adam. I shouldn’t have to tell you that your success with this assignment could lead to some great opportunities for you.” “I know.” Adam paused, carefully weighing his next words. “Salvador and his people do a fabulous job. Just walking through his operation, I have been blown away by the craftsmanship. But the slow pace of work is unbelievably frustrating. These guys act like they are birthing a baby. Everything is so precise, so touchy-feely with every guitar. I used my iPad to create some workflow specs for increased production. Salvador took one look, laughed, and said ‘You Americans.’” Poor Adam, Fletcher thought. That had to be a major stab in his high-tech heart. Maybe I sent the wrong guy. Nope. He has great potential in management and he has to learn to work through this and deliver. Fletcher’s thoughts were interrupted by Adam’s voice, flustered and increasing in volume. “They go off to lunch and come wandering back in here hours later—hours, Fletcher.” “They’re Spanish!” Fletcher replied. “So they take twohour lunches. They work their schedule. It’s just not our schedule. You may be a lot younger than I am, Adam. But you need to lighten up. Listen, talk to Salvador and see what works for them. They’ve increased output before and they can do it again. Get this done, Adam. And e-mail me.” The international rise in Latin music over the past decade, punctuated by the clear sound and dazzling rhythms of the acoustic guitar, created a sense of urgency for guitar makers around the globe to increase the availability of these classical instruments. Wanting to ride the crest of this musical trend, increase his product offerings, and tap into high-end market sales, Fletcher discovered master craftsman Salvador Dominguez and his Spanish company, Guitarra Dominguez, while attending the prestigious Frankfurt International Fair in 1980. Salvador liked to tell that among the first sounds he heard following his birth were the words of his father’s lullaby, accompanied by an acoustic guitar. As an adult, Salvador combined his lifelong passion for guitars with brilliant craftsmanship, staring his own company in 1976. Located in the Poligono Industrial Fuente del Jarro—Paterna, Valencia, Spain, the company now employed more than 30 craftsmen in the production of acoustic and Flamenco instruments. A thin, wiry bundle of energy with graying wavy hair and large eyes with that surprised “Salvador Dalí look,” the guitar maker could grasp a piece of wood and, running his hand over the surface, be suddenly transformed into a patient, tender sculptor of sound. To watch this luthier work was almost mesmerizing. Salvador’s total silence and habit of leaning his right ear close to the wood as he worked suggested that he was actually hearing the music of the instrument as he created it. Following the phone call to Fletcher, Adam returned to the plant, determined that Salvador would now hear from him. “Salvador, you do beautiful work. Latin music is one of the hottest trends in music, and musicians are clamoring for the instruments you make. But we can be doing so much more here. There’s plenty of room for expansion in this place, and we could nearly double production within the next few years. I have visited companies all over the United States and analyzed their operations. If you will take time to look at the plan I’ve drawn up, you will clearly see the potential for cranking out more product and meeting the needs of more customers.” “Señor Wainwright. Here in Spain, we do not crank out product. We take pride in each creation, and it is important that our methods of craftsmanship remain the same. No two of these instruments are alike.” “Wait. Wait. I’m just saying that there are changes that can be made here that will make this operation more productive. In the States, I see a flow to their operations. Here, we have starts and stops. The Nato mahogany used in many of your acoustic guitar bodies provides a beautiful and unrestricted wood. But Carlos has been off in a corner most of the week, wearing protective gear and experimenting with his notions about the potential tonal qualities of Wenge in acoustic bodies. The bottom line is this: we simply must streamline this operation in order to increase your production.” “No, Señor. My bottom line is this: Guitarras Dominguez will not lower our standards of craftsmanship to meet your plan.” Questions How accurate is Adam Wainwright’s analysis of the situation at Guitarras Dominguez? Do you think craftsmanship is incompatible with increasing productivity in this company? Why?

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Mr. A W is not completely accurate in his analysis at G Dominguez. 

• He is overlooking the core problem.
• He is not respecting their social values.
• He has not tried to properly understand and analyze the scenario in last 1 week.
• He is not concentrating to find the proper alternative to increase the production

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