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Identify key transformation or throughput processes and looking at the relationships between them. To do this we will be drawing on the Burke-Litwin...

Identify key transformation or throughput processes and looking at the relationships between them. To do this we will be drawing on the Burke-Litwin Causal Model.

Limit your analysis to the transactional variables they identify in the article.

Those variables are:

Structure (Burke-Litwin describes structure as the arrangement of the functions, people responsibilities, authorities, communication and interactions in a way that supports the organization's mission, goals and strategy. Identify the organizational structure of PetMeds, and comment on how well it fits - or not - with the PetMeds' strategy , as described in module 2. Be sure to specify the structure by type: matrix, team based, functional or product departmentation, organic/mechanistic, etc..)

Tasks and Skills (Unique or core competencies)

Management practices (e.g. participative or centralized decision making)

Systems and Policies (information systems, financial, marketing, production, human resources, etc.)

Work unit climate

Motivation

Individual needs and goals

In a paper,

Identify each of the throughput variables in your organization and explain how they are interrelated. Focus on whether they fit together or work toward opposite ends. For example, Does the Human Resource System staff the organization with workers who have the right skills for the requirements of the production system? Does the compensation system quash motivation, or the climate support individual needs and goals? Does the structure fit management practices?
What synergies/problems does this cause?

This question was asked on Apr 25, 2010.

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