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1 Basic Elements of Organizing
Mgmt 371 Chapter Eleven Basic Elements of Organizing Much of the slide content was created by Dr, Charlie Cook, Houghton Mifflin, Co.©

2 The Elements Organizing
Deciding how to best group organizational activities and resources. Organization Structure The set of building blocks that can be used to configure an organization.

3 Designing Jobs Job Design
The determination of an individual’s work-related responsibilities. Organizing TDR into a productive unit of work. Reasons for systematic job design: Maximize performance Enhance job satisfaction Reduce adverse affects to physical and mental health.

4 Designing Jobs (Job Specialization )
Job Specialization (Division of Labor) -- The degree to which the overall task of the organization is broken down and divided into smaller component parts Benefits of Specialization Workers can become proficient at a task. Transfer time between tasks is decreased. Specialized equipment can be more easily developed. Employee replacement becomes easier.

5 Designing Jobs (Job Specialization )
Job Specialization (Division of Labor). Limitations of Specialization Employee boredom and dissatisfaction with mundane tasks. Anticipated benefits do not always occur.

6 Adam Smith’s Example of Job Specialization
Making a pin (nail) requires 18 tasks 1 worker doing all 18 tasks might make 20 pins (nails) a day. 20 workers = (20 x 20) = 400 pins ______________________________ With specialization: 20 workers make 100,000 pins a day. 1 worker = 5,000 pins 20 pins vs. 5,000 pins per worker 10

7 Alternatives to Specialization
Job Rotation Systematically moving employees from one job to another in an attempt to reduce employee boredom. Job Enlargement An increase in the total number of tasks workers perform (increasing the scope of the job). Job Enrichment Increasing both the number of tasks the worker does and the control the worker has over the job (increasing the scope and depth of the job).

8 Alternatives to Specialization
Job Characteristics Approach: Core Dimensions Skill variety—the number of tasks a person does in a job. Task identity—the extent to which the worker does a complete or identifiable portion of the total job. Task significance —the perceived importance of the task. Autonomy—the degree of control the worker has over how the work is performed. Feedback— the extent to which the worker knows how well the job is being performed.

9 Alternatives to Specialization
Job Characteristics Approach: Growth-Need Strength The desire for some people to grow, develop, and expand their capabilities that is their response to the core dimensions.

10 The Job Characteristics Approach

11 Alternatives to Specialization (Work Teams)
An alternative to job specialization that allows the entire group to design the work system it will use to perform an interrelated set of tasks. Self-Directed Work Teams (SDWT) – composed of individuals who are assigned a cluster of TDR to be performed and are empowered to make decisions regarding work assignments within the group.

12 Grouping Jobs: Departmentalization
The process of grouping jobs according to some logical arrangement. Rationale for Departmentalization Organizational growth exceeds the owner-manager’s capacity to personally supervise all of the organization. Additional managers are employed and assigned specific employees to supervise.

13 Grouping Jobs: Departmentalization (Functional)
Functional Departmentalization Grouping jobs involving the same or similar activities. Advantages Each department can be staffed by functional-area experts. Supervision is facilitated in that managers only need be familiar with a narrow set of skills. Coordination inside each department is easier.

14 Grouping Jobs: Departmentalization (Functional)
Functional Departmentalization Disadvantages Decision making becomes slow and bureaucratic. Employees narrow their focus to the department and lose sight of organizational goals/ issues. Accountability and performance are difficult to monitor.

15 Product Departmentalization Form
Disadvantages Managers may focus on their product to the exclusion of the rest of the organization. Administrative costs may increase due to each department having its own functional-area experts.

16 Product Departmentalization Form
Grouping activities around products or product groups. Advantages All activities associated with one product can be integrated and coordinated. Speed and effectiveness of decision making are enhanced. Performance of individual products or product groups can be assessed

17 Customer Departmentalization
Grouping activities to respond to and interact with specific customers and customer groups. Advantage Skilled specialists can deal with unique customers or customer groups. Disadvantage A large administrative staff is needed to integrate activities of various departments.

18 Location Departmentalization
Location (Geographic) Departmentalization The grouping of jobs on the basis of defined geographic sites or areas. Advantage Enables the organization to respond easily to unique customer and environmental characteristics. Disadvantage Large administrative staff may be needed to keep track of units in scattered locations.

19 Bases for Departmentalization

20 Departmentalization Other Forms of Departmentalization
Grouping activities by time By specific units of time By sequence. By a characteristic of the customer, product, or service Other Considerations Departments are often called by other names. Divisions, units, sections, and bureaus Organizations are likely to employ multiple bases of departmentalization, depending on level.

21 Establishing Reporting Relationships
Chain of Command (scalar chain) A clear and distinct line of authority among the positions in an organization. Scalar Principle (Fayol) A clear and unbroken line of authority must extend from the bottom to the top of the organization. Unity of Command (Fayol) Each person within an organization must have a clear reporting relationship to one and only one boss.

22 Establishing Reporting Relationships (Span of Control)
Narrow Versus Wide Spans Span of Management (Span of Control) The number of people who report to a particular manager. A. V. Graicunas Subordinate interactions Direct—manager’s relationship with each subordinate. Cross—among the subordinates themselves. Group—between groups of subordinates. Formula for the number of interactions of all types: I = N(2N/2 + N - 1), where I is the total number of interactions and N is number of subordinates.

23 Establishing Reporting Relationships (Span of Control)
Narrow Versus Wide Spans Ralph Davis Operative span for lower-level managers of up to 30 workers. Executive span for middle and top managers set at 3 to 9. Span depends on managers’ jobs, company growth rate, and similar factors Lyndall Urwick and General Ian Hamilton Executive span should never exceed six

24 Establishing Reporting Relationships: Tall versus Flat Organizations
Tall Organizations Are more expensive because of the number of managers involved. Foster more communication problems because of the number of people through whom information must pass

25 Establishing Reporting Relationships: Tall versus Flat Organizations
Lead to higher levels of employee morale and productivity. Create more administrative responsibility for the relatively few managers. Create more supervisory responsibility for managers due to wider spans of control.

26 Figure 11.3: Tall Versus Flat Organizations

27 Factors Influencing the Span of Management
Competence of the supervisor. Competence of the subordinates. Physical dispersion. Extent of manager’s nonsupervisory work (the greater the narrower the span). Degree of required interaction (the greater, the narrower the span). Extent of SOPs (the greater the wider the span). Frequency of problems (the greater, the narrower the span). Preferences of supervisors and subordinates.

28 Distributing Authority
Power that has been legitimized by the organization. Delegation The process by which managers assign a portion of their total workload to others. Reasons for Delegation To enable the manager to get more work done by utilizing the skills and talents of subordinates. To foster development of subordinates by having them participate in decision making and problem.

29 Steps in the Delegation Process

30 Problems in Delegation
Manager Reluctant to delegate. Disorganization prevents planning work in advance. Subordinate’s success threatens superior’s advancement. Lack of trust in the subordinate to do well.

31 Problems in Delegation
Subordinate Reluctant to accept delegation for fear of failure. Perceives no rewards for accepting additional responsibility. Prefers to avoid any risk and responsibility.

32 Decentralization and Centralization
Systematically delegating power and authority throughout the organization to middle- and lower-level managers. Centralization Systematically retaining power and authority in the hands of higher-level managers.

33 Decentralization and Centralization
Factors Determining Choice of Centralization External environment’s complexity and uncertainty History of the organization Nature (cost and risk) of the decisions to be made.

34 Coordinating Activities
Coordination The process of linking the activities of the various departments of the organization. The Need for Coordination Departments and work groups are interdependent; the greater the interdependence, the greater the need for coordination.

35 Coordinating Activities: Three Major Forms of Interdependence
Pooled interdependence When units operate with little interaction; their output is simply pooled at the organizational level. Sequential interdependence When the output of one unit becomes the input of another unit in sequential fashion. Reciprocal interdependence When activities flow both ways between units.

36 Structural Coordination Techniques
The Managerial Hierarchy Placing one manager in charge of interdependent departments or units. Rules and Procedures Routine coordination activities can be handled via rules and procedures that set priorities and guidelines for actions.

37 Structural Coordination Techniques
Liaison Roles A manager coordinates interdependent units by acting as a common point of contact, facilitating the flow of information. Task Forces Used with multiple units when coordination is complex, requiring more than one individual and the need for coordination is acute. Disbanded when need for coordination has been met.

38 Structural Coordination Techniques (cont’d)
Integrating Departments Permanent organizational units that maintain internal integration and coordination on an ongoing basis. May have authority and budgetary controls. Electronic Coordination , electronic scheduling, PDAs, cell phones.

39 Differentiating Between Positions
Line Positions Positions in the direct chain of command responsible for the achievement of an organization’s goals. Have formal (legitimate) authority. Staff Positions Positions intended to provide expertise, advice, and support to line positions. Have advisory authority; can give compulsory advice. Have functional authority to enforce compliance with organizational policies and procedures.

40 Differentiating Between Positions
Administrative Intensity The degree to which managerial positions are concentrated in staff positions.

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