Decision Making At The University Corporation

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Executive Vice President for Operations: Decision Making at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Kristen Alipit ORG525 Decision Theory in a Global Marketplace Colorado State University Dr. J. Ondracek June 22, 2015 Executive Vice President for Operations: Decision Making at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), a federally funded research and development center in Boulder, Colorado has experienced incredible amounts of change over the last few years and is looking to new processes and structures to make it sustainable in the future. The President’s Council, comprised of the president, the vice president for finance and administration, the…show more content…
Executive Vice President for Operations The current president of UCAR has declared the importance of external relationships with funding agents and scientific organizations and has focused on this area while the internal administrative functions have received less attention. A chief operations officer, or an executive vice president (VP) for operations could fill the current void and give the company administrative oversight and centralization while allowing the president’s focus to remain more external (Cepin, 2011). Adding this role has proven to be beneficial to many organizations like Microsoft, Comcast, and Allstate (Researchers Demystify Role Of COO In New Book, 2006). Also, it is argued that companies such as Hewlett Packard would have benefited from having this role when mergers became difficult (Researchers Demystify Role Of COO In New Book, 2006). This new position would manage the daily operations of the company, including facilities management, budget and finance, purchasing and contracts, human resources, and possibly information technology (Cepin, 2011). This individual must oversee strategic initiatives and strive to make the internal workings of the organization more efficient and productive (Cepin, 2011). This role should be a partnership with the president and there must be a great amount of trust between the two positions (Researchers Demystify Role Of COO In New Book, 2006). Overall, the VP for
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