Case Incident 2- No Bosses at W. L. Gore & Associates

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1. Gore’s organization structure is unique. It is the ultimate, boundaryless organization, and it could consequently be considered extremely organic. To begin with, there is almost no work specialization. An employee could be involved in marketing, sales, and sponsorship all at the same time, something that would almost never be found in a bureaucratic and mechanistic organization. There really is no set departmentalization. Anyone and everyone could be doing anything and everything, working with anyone and everyone. In terms of a chain of command, it is non-existent. There is no real authority. As Davidson remarks, “everyone’s your boss, and no one’s your boss.” For unity-of – command, the idea is that the employee has no boss except for his or her team. This leads to a very curious phenomenon for span of control, where there is no span but the span is endless all at the same time. No one can enforce anything on anyone, yet at the same time, everyone is responsible for themselves, their team, and their entire company. This means the company has almost no centralization, where everyone is given the discretion to make decisions with everyone else. And the formalization is non-existent. The
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2008 for the course BUAD 304 taught by Professor Cummings during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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