understand Organizational Structures, their relationship to strategy, and their
impact on organizational performance, we need to understand some of the basic
theoretical frameworks and apply them to real life cases. Last week you each
looked at a specific framework in depth. This week you are to apply your
knowledge to the Staples case.
assignment is as follows:
has hired you and your team as consultants to help them review their Organizational
Structure. They want you to look at their current strategy and organizational
structure (reporting lines, responsibilities, strategic objectives, etc.) and
does their strategy say about the products or services to be provided, the
markets to be served, the value to be offered to the customer, and their
sources of competitive advantage (if any)?
aligned is their structure with the strategy outlined in (1) above.
departments arranged in the proper manner which allows them to achieve their
they have the right levels of centralization/decentralization?
what changes would you recommend to their structure and why?
to see your analysis and final recommendations with explanations.
is to be handed in as a team exercise and evaluation will depend on the quality
of work as well as on the class discussion.