Organization Management Journal

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Beverly Matthews


This case describes the difficult challenges facing Beverly Matthews as she returned to the workforce after taking time from paid employment in order to spend time with her two children. She desired a workplace that would give her the flexibility to excel in both the work and family domains. Beverly specifically chose the organization because of its award-winning family-friendly reputation and the positive word of mouth from a friend who worked there. Unfortunately, she has encountered a supervisor whose values conflict with the values of Beverly and the organization. Beverly is contemplating her options as the status quo has become intolerable. Readers are also presented with a teaching note as an accompaniment to the case. Numerous options guide instructors on how to enhance student learning using this case study for theory application in organizational behavior and human resource management courses.