1. Read Case Study 3-2
2. Write a 2-page business brief to your professor that provides advice on how to align the new performance management system with the strategic plan. Describe how you would explain the relationship between the PM system and the strategic plan as well as your recommendations on how to garner company-wide support for the performance management system. Include a rationale for your answers based on performance management principles.
3. Imagine you are an HR executive at P&G. Given the company’s strategic orientation toward purpose and values, what would you do to help align a new performance management system with the strategic plan? How would you explain this relationship?
CASE Study 3-2
Linking Performance Management to Strategy at Procter & Gamble
Consider the following description of a firm-wide strategy pursued by Procter & Gamble:
Procter & Gamble (P&G), the world’s largest consumer products company follows a fairly unique strategy: P&G appeals to the heart and cares about human needs. In other words, P&G attempts to touch and improve the lives of its consumers all over the world. As an example, take the razor-and-blades innovation pioneered by Gillette’s Himalaya team, which focuses on India but is a global group based partly in Boston, USA. The team received information about how men in India shave: about half of them use barbershops and barbers usually break double-sided blades in two and used them repeatedly, which creates unsanitary conditions. With the strategic objective of improving the lives of its customers, the team created a razor-and-blades innovation that simplified the essential features of the shaving done in barbershops. The products were a success in terms of improving both the human condition and profitability. As a second example, consider a situation in P&G Brazil, where P&G feared a shutdown due to decreased business volume. Low-income consumers were the fastest-growing segment of the population, but P&G’s global premium products were too expensive for this market segment. Local P&G teams decided to live with families, scrutinized every P&G process in an attempt to reduce costs, and ended up creating an innovative product line they dubbed “basic” (for “essential” in Portuguese). The team members felt that they were doing good for the world, not just making money for the corporation. Demand immediately outpaced supply when the first “basic” products were launched, which included women’s hygiene, diapers, and greener laundry detergent. The company quickly captured market share through small neighborhood shops and premium products were no longer offered. The business in Brazil became a profitable global growth model, and not just for emerging countries. As a consequence, “Tide Basic” was recently introduced in the United States.
In sum, P&G’s strategy inspires employees to add their hearts to their heads and aims at finding creative solutions when purpose-inspired opportunities and commercial considerations seem to collide.