For this assignment, you are asked to watch a video adaptation of the popular podcast, “The Dropout”
produced by ABC News. You may listen to the podcast, but it is significantly longer.
The video is free to watch with commercials. If you are outside of the United States, please view the playlist
version on YouTube. The first video is here. ‘The Dropout’ Part 1: Where ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth
Holmes got her start
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Please answer each question in full and with a minimum of 2 specific examples for each prompt. General
topics such as Culture, Classical Management, Socialization, etc. will not be considered specific enough for
credit. Use the video or podcast as your primary reference. You may use outside references if you like.
Although many of you will do very well in explaining your thoughts, please underline the specific concepts
used in your response. This is helpful in case there is some confusion and aids in providing better
Submissions should be double-spaced, 12 pt font, pdf format
It is recommended that students copy and paste questions and write response under each question. (Hint: I
find students are less likely to miss parts of questions when responding in this manner.)
There is no official word or page minimum or limit. Do what you think is right to answer the question in full.
Some students are very concise and others need a little more space.
APA or MLA format is acceptable.
Please cite any outside sources. Lecture materials do not need a citation.
Who were the heroes of Theranos? Why do you believe they were the heroes? What was the descriptive
culture as provided by employee accounts? Did this match the prescribed culture?
(Heroes/descriptive/prescriptive do not count as concepts in this question.)
Which elements of classical management theories do you see in the operation of Theranos as depicted?
Which elements of systems theories were not present in the operation of Theranos?
Which elements of the human relations approach were violated during the operation of Theranos?