Strat Tech Sample final answers:
Mintzberg’s 5 organizational forms are: strategic apex, technostructure, operating
core, support staff, mid-line.
First-order controls are: hierarchy, specialization, standardization and
The key essence of the contingency theory: If you change one thing you have to
change another; this means that many pieces of the puzzle have to fit together, for
example; absent nationalism, the whole Napoleonic structure and strategy
Another way of expressing it is to say there is
no way to best
organize, it depends on the external environment problems and the internal
Changing the structure of your organization to make it
for effective to fulfill a mission.
How you change your organization to
adapt for a mission.
What have an army structure and McDonald’s in common?: Hierarchy, with the
use of a machine bureaucracy.
Use of standardization and low-skill jobs.
What are means of organizations to increase the capability to process information:
Increase the capacity of the decision of the decision maker through uses of
technology, assistance, etc.
Increase of vertical integration.
integration; direct contact, managers with problems contact each other, and liaison
roles so that communication between departments can be smoothed.
What are adv/disadv. Of very standardized, hierarchical organizations?:
easily scalable (easily increase size of whole operation because of bureaucracy),
dissolve complexity so that commander only has to worry about his own tasks.
Disadv: Not easily adapted because the rigid structure has to change.
work, alienated employees, massive size.
Example of horizontal:
Joint Chiefs of Staff, basically all branches or
military to could communicate easier and coordinate.
Example of vertical:
Shift from horseback couriers to telegraph.
the leaders to get info. Faster.
What made Napoleon successful?:
Self-contained corps (every corps had everything they needed in order to fight for
three days; they weren’t dependent on other corps), H.S.S.F. (standardized
strategy so that corps were three days apart from each other), nationalism inspired
his troops to fight, decentralized logistics to his corps and allowed Napoleon to
focus on strategy rather than administrative detail.
If you were a German Naval Admiral and found out that Enigma was decrypted,
what would you do? Don’t worry about it
m. How has IP increased from Hastings to Napoleon to the Battle of the Atlantic?