Who Killed Electric Cars?
Electric cars were first seen in the state of California in mid 1990s. The cars had several features including automatic gears, quiet and no exhaust fumes. The trend took over the world until the cars started disappearing till they were completely gone. The documentary “who killed electric cars is about the events that led to the development and disappearance of electric cars. The story is set in California spanning from mid 1990s to 2006. The documentary starts with a narrative about the development of the first electric cars that was first developed in the beginning of 1990s.
The electric cars were completely phased out as a result of the development of gasoline combustion brand of vehicles (Hales 2009 76). The cars that phased out the electric cars have various issues including the emission of poisonous gases and smog. These cars were cheaper to maintain than the electric cars which enabled most people to afford them. The poisonous gas emissions contributed to a deteriorating global climate that led to global warming. The California Air Resource Board thought that it introducing the electric cars would significantly reduce the air pollution.
The story commenced with an event that saw general motors win a car race. Some of the cars that were used in the event were powered by solar systems. It was followed up by a small scale project to manufacture a limited number of solar powered vehicles. Oil companies were threatened by this development and thought that they stood to lose (Sandalow 2009 150). They decided to combine efforts with other interested parties to kill the project so they could also benefit from oil sales. General motors took the initiative and led in the production of the electric cars. Other companies followed suit, and they produced cars that were served in many parts of the nation.
These companies implemented the seven Cs used in decision making. This was an appropriate strategy especially when it came to influencing other managers in making influential management decisions. This is informed by the design strategies that influenced the development of electric cars (SchröDer 2009 73). Some of the necessary relationships that are built in this event are a necessity for design development. The decision makers should find close vicinity to their allies. This is essential because people build relationships with those they see frequently.
Team leaders and directors can easily make essential decisions on behalf of the teams they lead. It is essential for team members to understand how they can contribute to the decision making of their organizations (Boschert 2006 84). All these strategies depend on the communication between the team members and their team leaders. Communication contributed to the turnaround from the development of the electric cars to the development of other cars (Romm 2005 167). The collaboration between different organizations broke down the cultural barriers that had been in existence throughout the existence of the organizations.
Collaboration led to the creation of stronger allies that boosted the relationship between the concerned organizations. The use of charm is an essential communication skill that managers use to convince and influence their counterparts. Some leaders do their best to conform to the prevailing trends which is essential in decision making. They are expected to conform to the expectations of the industry. Conformation applies to individual behaviors such as facial expressions and design influence. Competence is a tactic that defines the designer’s position to influence future positions in organizations.