Internal Structure and Functional Areas of the Trafford Centre

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In this assignment I am going to investigate the internal structure and functional areas of The Trafford Centre and explain how its internal structure and functional areas have changed over time.

All businesses have organisational structures, even if they are small or big, they have some type of structure so they can operate productively.

Types of organisational structures;

o Hierarchical structure o Flat structure

The Trafford Centre has an organisational structure.

The type of organisational structure the Trafford centre has is a hierarchical structure, large organisations have organised hierarchies and The Trafford Centre has a number of layers of management. Staff no their
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The more people under the control of one manager - the wider the span of control. Less means a narrower span of control.
The span of control of The Trafford Centre is that the managers of the different functional areas have authority over subordinates in an organisation like The Trafford Centre manager’s span of control will be larger because of the size of the business.
An example of a narrow span of control is shown in the diagram below:

The advantages of a narrow span of control are: o A narrow span of control allows a manager to communicate quickly with the employees under them and control them more easily o Feedback of ideas from the workers will be more effective o It requires a higher level of management skill to control a greater number of employees, so there is less management skill required
An example of a wide span of control is shown in the diagram below:

The advantages of wide span of control are: o There are less layers of management to pass a message through, so the message reaches more employees faster o It costs less money to run a wider span of control because a business does not need to employ as many managers
The width of the span of control depends on:
The type of product being made – products which are easy to make or deliver will need less supervision and so can have a wider span of control
Skills of managers and workers – a more skilful workforce can operate with a wider span of control because they will

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