Leadership in Action Essay

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This paper will discuss the simulation, "Leadership in Action". The simulation is based on a company called Smith & Falmouth(S&F), who requires assistance to provide the company with conceptual information about the organization structure and to provide specific recommendation to be successful in the next three years. This paper will describe the formal culture of the organization and how this structure compares with other organizational structures. How the companys informal culture influences their effectiveness and formal structure will also be addressed. The role of power and politics will be looked at as well as which leadership style would be the most effective for the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for S & F's structure and …show more content…

Currently, the marketing manager is responsible for coordinating project lines, marketing budgets, and promotional activities for the company throughout the U.S. and Canada. According to the text, Organizational Behavior, this structure is common for organizations to use at some level or at some time in their development, but is quite different from a Divisional structure. A divisional structure groups employees around geographical areas, clients, or outputs. (Chapter 17 p 517) Rather than dividing an organization into specialized departments, an organization with this structure may operate as subsidiaries. This structure is more widely seen with international organizations, for examples McDonalds, or Hewett Packard. (Chapter 17 p 517) Another structure that is different from a functional structure is a Matrix structure. This is a type of organization that overlays a divisionlized structure (typically a project team) with a functional structure. For example, employees may be assigned to a cross-functional project team, but they would still belong to a permanent functionally unit. (Chapter 17 p 519) An organizations informal culture can influence the effectiveness of the formal structure in many ways. This was prevalent in the simulation by the current socigram. At S&F the teams are strongly aligned to their leaders and aside from the Marketing manager, all of

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