Pearson Is The Organization I Am Most Familiar

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Pearson is the organization I am most familiar. I have been a Pearson employee since 2007 with the acquisition of my previous company. It is a fascinating company from a political perspective given its history, and global nature. Pearson started in 1844 as a building contracting company in the United Kingdom (Pearson, 2015). The company has long history of growth via acquisition, and has changed direction and organizational mission focus many times in its history. However, it has never operated as one company until reorganizing in 2013. Pearson has always been a series of holding companies loosely tied together. Given the history, the company has rewarded individual business units, and their leaders, over rewarding the collective…show more content…
However, Fallon has not run a technology company in the past, and therefore is heavily relying on a new CIO Albert Hitchcock (CIO, 2013). Albert Hitchcock has been brought in to run the global functions business unit, with an aim to consolidate and streamline the disparate business systems across the lines of business. Fallon is leaning on the leaders from the lines, all of whom have been at Pearson for quite some time, to advise him on executing on the education strategy. Given the significance of the changes, it is not surprising that the way to effectively work at Pearson is still emerging. The nascent cross business unit systems and processes cannot give senior leadership proper visibility across all business units efficiently at this time. Pearson suffers from the effects of having organizational data scattered in many systems, with an inability to truly use data for analytical decision-making (Popescu, 2012). Lack of sound business intelligence data leads to leaders relying on their experiences to make decisions, and influence those around them. Another factor in converging decision-making control to operate as a single company is product development governance process. Pearson provides combination of products from textbooks, content, learning systems, assessments, and education services (Pearson, 2015a). Most of the products have been acquired over time, and Pearson now needs to govern the creation and funding of the product portfolio
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