Case | HBS Case Collection | April 1981 (Revised January 1997)

Corning Glass Works: The Z-Glass Project

by Kim B. Clark

Abstract

Considers decisions facing the leader of a manufacturing staff project team assigned to a plant where yields have deteriorated sharply. The process is complex: the plant organization is not cooperative and there are deep disagreements about what is wrong and how to fix it. Provides an opportunity to analyze yields and productivity, as well as the organizational and personal challenges inherent in line-staff interaction.

Keywords: Decisions; Production; Problems and Challenges; Conflict Management; Performance Productivity; Factories, Labs, and Plants; Groups and Teams; Consumer Products Industry; Manufacturing Industry; United States;

Citation:

Clark, Kim B. "Corning Glass Works: The Z-Glass Project." Harvard Business School Case 681-091, April 1981. (Revised January 1997.)