presumes a proper functional alignment of groups, however. The current state for Gene’s team will make such a systems view difficult to communicate, as each PR team has essentially the same task and purpose. Gene is right to be concerned about the long term impacts of the inter-team fighting, as Warrick points out, “[w]hatever happens at the top gets multiplied throughout the organization whether it is unity and a common focus, or disunity and confusion.” (Warrick, 2014)The current competitive model clearly doesn’t work, as might be predicted based on examples in chapter 11 of the reading. (Brown, 2011) However, Gene is not responsible for the current structure and feels unable to alter it. (Morgeson et al, 2010) If Gene can find some room to maneuver within the context of the organizational structure and Mr. Gamble’s intent then I wouldsuggest that he look to functionally distribute sub-tasks between his two teams. If Gene identifiesthe over-arching group task for his directorate as PR for the region then he may be able to identify specific roles that can be assigned to each group in order to support the larger goal.
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