Lincoln Electric Company Case Study Study Analysis

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Lincoln Electric Company Case Study Analysis In this Case Study Analysis, I will identify examples of the types of organizational culture (innovative and stable) that the Lincoln Electric Company has, as well as the benefits and problems the company could experience as a result of these. The idea that stuck out the most about the Lincoln Electric Company is that they obviously have a strong culture that all levels of employees are proud to be a part of. According to Carpenter, Taylor, and Erdogan (2010), “culture is a more powerful way of controlling and managing employee behaviors than organizational rules and regulations” (pg. 193, para. 2). The Lincoln Electric Company encompasses facets of multiple types of cultures instead of adhering to only one. The ways in which the Lincoln Electric Company identifies with an innovative culture are most prominently explained by the following facets: not having a traditional hierarchy, and utilizing an open-door policy when it comes to problem resolution. As explained in the Organization Structure section of the Case Study, “personnel are encouraged to take problems to the persons most capable of resolving them [open door policy]” (Sharplin, 1989, pg. 7, para. 1). In the same section, Sharplin also mentions that, “Lincoln has never had a formal organization chart… [but] position titles and traditional flows of authority do imply something of an organizational structure… [thus determining] that production workers have two or, at…
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