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Strat Tech Sample final answers: 1) a. Mintzberg’s 5 organizational forms are: strategic apex, technostructure, operating core, support staff, mid-line. i. First-order controls are: hierarchy, specialization, standardization and formalization b. 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 wouldn’t work. 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 resources. c. i. Organizational Fit: 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. ii. d. 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. e. f. 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. Increase horizontal integration; direct contact, managers with problems contact each other, and liaison roles so that communication between departments can be smoothed. g. h. What are adv/disadv. Of very standardized, hierarchical organizations?: Adv.: easily scalable (easily increase size of whole operation because of bureaucracy), dissolve complexity so that commander only has to worry about his own tasks. Low-skill jobs. i. Disadv: Not easily adapted because the rigid structure has to change. Dull work, alienated employees, massive size. ii. Example of horizontal: Joint Chiefs of Staff, basically all branches or military to could communicate easier and coordinate. iii. Example of vertical: Shift from horseback couriers to telegraph. Allowed the leaders to get info. Faster. iv. i. What made Napoleon successful?: j. 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. k. If you were a German Naval Admiral and found out that Enigma was decrypted, what would you do? Don’t worry about it l. m. How has IP increased from Hastings to Napoleon to the Battle of the Atlantic? 1
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n. HSSF allowed Direct command to self sustained corps to machine bureaucracy, technology and dedicated technostucture allowed complex strategies to be changed within minutes, machines allowed the logistical support of 100,000+ troops. o.
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