Question 1.4.4 – Skoda Auto a) Internal stakeholder groups

Question 1.4.4 – Skoda Auto
a) Internal stakeholder groups: Volkswagen (parent company / shareholders); employees (of Skoda);
Skoda (the employer)
[2 marks]
b) Conflict refers to situations where different stakeholder groups have disagreements on certain matters
due to discrepancy in their opinions. Examples of conflict at Skoda include:
 Skoda (employer) and its employees over pay and benefits discussions
 Employees strike action and its consequences on the government and domestic economy (loss
of output)
 Employees securing improved pay and benefits but at the expense of inflationary pressures of
the domestic economy (i.e. the repercussions for the government)
 Employees (higher pay and benefits) and shareholders (who demand greater levels of
There should be an explanation of the conflict that is likely to exist for maximum marks. [3 marks]
c) It is highly unlikely that Skoda can fulfil the aims of all its stakeholders simultaneously. It will
therefore be likely that Skoda will seek a best fit compromise so that the various stakeholder groups are
all reasonably pleased with the outcome of the pay dispute. Stakeholder mapping can be used to assess
the relative interest of Skoda’s stakeholders and their relative power (or influence) on the company’s
behaviour. For Skoda, the map might look something like the following:
Level of Interest
Local community
Rival car manufacturers Government
(since Skoda is run
independently of VW)
Stakeholder mapping allows the managers at Skoda to assess how to deal with conflicting stakeholder
objectives and to prioritise their actions to resolve the conflict. Using this model, it is unlikely that the
local community will receive much attention from the decision-makers at Skoda. Conversely, employees
will receive the most attention as they are essential to the smooth operation of the business and they have
threatened industrial action (i.e. they have a high degree of power). Pay deals are likely to go through a
process of negotiations which aim for a win-win outcome (or mutually acceptable result) for both
employees and the employer. Skoda, for example, will use the economists’ warning that soaring wage
claims would be harmful to the economy due to its inflationary effects. The outcome of the negotiations
will, of course, depend on the relative bargaining powers of the two parties.
The conflict outlined in Part B should be developed in the context of a decision making
framework or by using stakeholder mapping. [7 marks]