ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE 1
Organizationstructure symbolizes the relationship that exists between elements ofa work unit or the overall company (McShane and Von Glinow, 2013). Achange in structure can in the form of departmentalization, size,centralization or new organization structural. Globalization has comewith it a more competitive market with rapid information technologythat has a significant impacted technological environment within thecompany where I worked.
Specifically, withhigh level improved quality, competitive priced product and use ofmanufacturing technology such as computer-aided designs (McShane andVon Glinow, 2013), the company has responded to reorganize itsoperation by adopting structures that have stronger customerorientation. These have led to emerged from a variety of team-basedstructure like self-managed work team and cross-functional project,team. This approach to the team is related with flatter hierarchiesand increased empowerment of lower level managers and workers. Toensure a fast and innovative response to the dynamic and changingenvironment, the company has shifted away from hierarchical systemswith centralized decision making and shifted to allocation of moreobligation to the company’s lower level workers.
The adoption oftechnological development demands the company to change theorganizational structure and work practices so as to fit the newlyadopted technology (McShane and Von Glinow, 2013). These technologyadvancements have empowered the company to adapt current forms anddevelop new systems for the company structure that better suits thedemands of the unbalanced environment. For instance, the company hasadopted computer networks as well as automated and computer-aideddesigns in the production system. This has been done by blending inthe new technologies with social skills through the adoption of workbased teams. A team in the company are able to manage the productionprocess with each worker performing several functions.
McShane, S. L., & Von Glinow, M. A. (2013). Organizationalbehavior (6th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.