buad304 discussion assignment 4

buad304 discussion assignment 4 - Norman Chen October24...

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Norman Chen October24, 2007 Tolan 14731 Assignment #4. Critical Thinking and I Detest Bureaucracy 3. Employees in the matrix structure are part of two departments – functional and product.  This form of structure allows specialists to work together and minimizes the number of  employees necessary while allowing the specialized resources to be pooled and shared.  Employees in this structure will likely see high productivity and may be satisfied knowing  that they are doing a good job. In addition, they’ll be working with other specialists who  can share their expertise and together collaborate to not only function at a high level, but  also grow as individuals. However, the costs of coordinating the tasks so that they are  completed timely and within budget may outweigh the benefits. Product  departmentalization facilitates coordination among specialties to achieve on-time  completion, provide clear responsibilities for activities, and to meet budget targets.  Workers separated by product departmentalization may appreciate the timeliness and  orderliness of tasks being completed but they’ll have to report to two different bosses,  breaking the unity of command concept that may result in conflicting demands or  priorities from supervisors. Case study 1. This is a type of boundaryless structure with no vertical and horizontal boundaries. The  boundaryless structure hopes to eliminate chain of command, have limitless span of  control, and replace departments with empowered teams. Most of these boundaryless  structures are used in technological companies with highly skilled, intelligent, young 
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