Leader as Structural Architect I Firms used to use bureaucracy, served them well for many years due to its efficiency, but it can’t make quick adjustments, innovations, and flexibility Elements of Structure - Ways to design a firm Span of Control – General Motors at one point had 13 different levels of departments, narrow span of control, very hierarchical Formalization – how standardized are the jobs and work in the firm? But can’t adjust to new things and situations, all those formalizations and rules are not going to apply to everything and new things Departmentation – how you’re going to group work together, historically people put like tasks and jobs and grouped them together for efficiency, Departmentation by Function Departmentation by Self-Contained Unit: Product – redesigning firms into smaller firms (self contained units), done as a response to coordination problems of the firm expanding and picking up new products and services
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