Managing Millennials: Whose Workplace is it Anyway?

Can millennials, particularly recent MBA graduates, and their baby boomer managers find common ground regarding workplace values and culture?

Todd Jick  | Fall 2020
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Recent MBA graduates, typically millennials, may be at odds with their baby boomer superiors’ vision of workplace expectations and values. This case presents a fictionalized annual review discussion at an investment bank between a high achieving African American male millennial on the verge of burning out, and a self-made woman who struggled for decades to achieve power in an “old boys’ network” culture—asking students to consider how the generational divide between these two individuals might begin to close.

Case ID: 210408

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