Organizational Structure

763 Words Jul 9th, 2013 4 Pages
Introduction It is essential to be conscious of your company 's organizational structure because it exposes information concerning who has authority over whom; how and why a company splits the workload by specific people and by groups/teams. Understanding your organizational structure can also reveal important cross-functional relationships to coordinate work efforts for optimum results. It can show where breakdowns can occur in the hierarchy and assist in developing solutions for increased accountability. In this paper, we will discuss and describe the organizational structure of Google and compare their organizational structure to the organizational structure of two other fortune 500 companies, Microsoft and Apple We will …show more content…
To keep the spirit of innovation the company was founded on, Google employees are mostly accountable to themselves. They have the freedom to spend 70 percent of their time on current assignments, 20 percent on related projects of their choosing, and 10 percent on new projects in any area they desire. The “70-20-10 rule” represents a managerial guideline, but it also authorizes the employees to take risks. Google executives encourage employees and managers to work directly with each other, instead of through more formal channels. The executives work closely with employees and other departments in a form of cross-functional management. Google’s open communication contributes to the organizational structure and their idea policy is one of the most substantial managerial features. It gives the staff a sense that they contribute to the company’s business objectives.
Instead of setting goals for them, Google’s management helps their employees meet the objectives that the employees set for themselves. The company sees its managers as leaders who facilitate inspiration and empower employees. Google’s management function controls employee responsibility in similar way to the United States government, through a series of checks and balances. All employees set out and evaluate goals on a quarterly basis.

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