Functional Areas

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Functional Area Interrelationships: Kudler Fine Foods
Charles Burt, Megan Engelking, Lou Gamache, Rebecca Lanham, and Julie Lee
University of Phoenix
BUS 475
July 24, 2011
Phyllis Koch

Functional Area Interrelationships
This paper is based on the Kudler Fine Foods (KFF) virtual organization scenario presented in University of Phoenix Business 475 course (Apollo Group, Inc., 2009). The following topics will be covered about KFF; the main motivation for the KFF existence from analyzing the vision, mission, values, goals, and the basis for the type of managerial structure employed by KFF. We will identify the key positions that support that organizational structure; explaining all steps of the collaboration process among the
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Organizational Structure A business’ organizational structure is critical to the business and the employees. An organizational structure is “the manner in which an organization arranges (or rearranges) itself” (Fontaine, 2007, p. 6). At Kudler Fine Foods (KFF) the organizational structure that they operate under is a functional structure. A functional organizational structure is a structure where the position and function of employees are clearly specified. The business is divided into separate departments with specific tasks (Pearce & Robinson, 2009). KFF has a hierarchy of authority, which defines who is in charge of which fundamentals and who reports to whom. The decision making, ideas, and plans come from the top hierarchy, in this case Kathy Kudler, the president of KFF. KFF has a vertical dimension with several levels of management. Kudler Fine Foods has a total of three stores that make up the framework of the organizational structure. For instance, the president is at top working with the three store managers. Each store has the same structure hierarchy beginning with the store manager. Under the store manager is the assistant store manager and continues to branch out to the four different department managers – produce and foodstuffs; spirits, cheeses, and wine; meats, and seafood; bakery, and pastries. The key positions that hold the structure together is the administration staff consisting of the president,

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