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The Organization on Wheels: SEI MGMT 325 December 3, 2012 SEI, a global financial services provider, is a company based on change. In this case, we explored CEO Alfred West’s decision to relocate the company headquarters and revamp the
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entire outlook of SEI. This was put into effect by moving the headquarters and building a campus that better fit the company’s new goals, transformed the job descriptions of its employees, and focused on an entirely new design. The first organizational topic that we discussed was what competencies were at work in this case. The most obvious was the change competency. SEI underwent a huge transformation when they moved their headquarters to Oaks, Pennsylvania. They built an entirely new campus comprised of nine “barn-like” buildings that would better fit the company’s new style (page 454, Hellriegel and Slocum, 2009). They also eliminated secretaries from their employment hierarchy to help stimulate creativity. The teams competency walked hand-in-hand with change at SEI because of the company’s change to more team dynamics, rather than the emphasis on individuals. Other competencies at work that classmates touched on were communication (due to the emphasis on teams and focus on sparking creativity and innovation), across cultures (because SEI is a global company), and self (because of the SEI’s goal to empower its employees) (Andre, November 30, 2012). The changes made at SEI also affected their company design. There are two main company designs: organic and mechanistic (page 433-434, Hellriegel and Slocum, 2009). Brent and I both agreed that SEI uses an organic design. This is demonstrated by their lack of a hierarchy, flexible job descriptions of the team members and employees and change of teams multiple times throughout their career, empowered employees, and the open door policy that helps create a “no secrets” atmosphere in the work place. All of these factors create a text-book example of an organic company. Our classmates agreed, adding
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