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MGT 325 Michigan State University Steve Jobs First iPod Prototype Questions

MGT 325

Michigan State University


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I’m studying for my Management class and don’t understand how to answer this. Can you help me study?

Abstract from ‘Smart or Crazy? What Steve Jobs Did with the First iPod Prototype’ by Henry Jay, 2 March, 2016.

“Steve Jobs announced the first iPod as a Mac-compactible product with 5GB hard drive that put 1,000 songs in your pocket. But before the event, something happened behind closed doors between Steve Jobs and Apple’s Engineers who produced the iPod.

When engineers working on the very first iPod completed the prototype, they presented their work to Steve Jobs for his approval. Jobs played with the device, scrutinized it, weighed it in his hands, and promptly rejected it. It was too big.

The engineers explained that they had to reinvent inventing to create the iPod and that it was simply impossible to make it any smaller. Jobs was quiet for a moment. Finally, he stood, walked over to an aquarium, and dropped the iPod in the tank. After it touched bottom, bubbles floated to the top.

“Those are air bubbles,” he snapped. “That means there’s space in there. Make it smaller.”

And that was how the tiny size of the first versions of iPod came into existence. All thanks to the Genius Steve Jobs.”


On the basis of the given abstract, your research, knowledge and experience answer the following in the Answer per Question is minimum of 250 words .

Question 1- Assess the role Steve Jobs played as a leader in management and innovation of technology as he walked the engineers of Apple Inc. through the ‘challenges of technical team work’ while developing IPod.

Question 2- Measure the innovative performance in the development of IPod with the help of variables such as- Response Time, New Product or Service and Quality etc. (Use a minimum of 5 variables)

Questions 3- Place yourself in the boots of Steve Jobs and shed light on what steps you would have taken in leading the technological teams along with managing R&D and innovation during the development of IPod.

NOTE: It is mandatory for the students to mention their references and sources.


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Question 1- Assess the role Steve Jobs played as a leader in management and innovation of
technology as he walked the engineers of Apple Inc. through the ‘challenges of technical
teamwork’ while developing IPod. (2.5 Marks)
When Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs was told that the size of iPod developed was the smallest,
he sensed that there could be an improvement on the technology in its development (Wu, Wang, &
Hao, 2020). He tested it and played music with it. However, he felt that the size was too broad since
it still had air spaces that needed to be filled to reduce its size. In this, Steve Jobs played the role of
not only a situational (contingency leadership skills) leader but also a coaching and persuasive
Steve jobs play the role of a contingent leader by being more resilient to his followers and
clients. By taking his engineers through the challenges of the professional teamwork, he can identify
the existing gap in technology regarding the size of the iPod. He looked at the size of the music
player and discovered that the spaces could only be described to the developers through
demonstration (dipping it into the water and observing the bubble from it (Islam & Zein, 2020).
Jobs also coaches and persuades his ...

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