Case | HBS Case Collection | October 1999

Overhead Reduction Task Force, The

by J. Richard Hackman, Ruth Wageman and John J. Gabarro


A middle manager is about to meet with his boss to discuss her request that he head up a task force to determine how overhead can be reduced by 20%. He must decide what to address in that meeting and how the task force should be launched and led. The focus is on team leadership at four stages in a team's life cycle: 1) preparation, 2) initial meeting, 3) mid-course consultation, and 4) post-performance debriefing. A rewritten version of an earlier case.

Keywords: Leadership; Leadership Style; Management Teams; Management Style; Groups and Teams;


Hackman, J. Richard, Ruth Wageman, and John J. Gabarro. "Overhead Reduction Task Force, The." Harvard Business School Case 400-026, October 1999.