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    Using the Nadler-Tushman Congruence Model, conduct an analysis of Tasty Baking Company's outputs. Remember that outputs exist at the individual, group and organizational levels and that there are often differences between the outputs an organization specifies in its strategic plans and those that are actually achieved.

    Identify the key outputs and justify why they are the most important to your analysis. Remember that outputs are frequently quantified as turnover rates or sales volume, for example.

    Evaluate the quality of the fit between outputs. How do the various outputs affect each other?

    What problems/synergies do you see that are created by conflict/coordination of outputs?.

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    Nadler-Tushman Congruence Model is an open system model that analyses the output of an organization. According to this model, organization's efficiency is determined by how well the various elements of an organization work together. According to this model organizational output generally refers to the things produced. David A. Nadler and Michael L. Tushman described in his article (1980) that organizational output, in terms of the production unit means total number of products generated for a given duration and the various cost associated with the production (Nadler & Tushman, 1980).

    Outputs also refer to the number of customers visited in a given time. The organization needs to become accustomed, if there is a decline in the output of the organization due to alteration in the external or internal environment (Nadler & Tushman, 1980).

    About Tasty Baking Company

    Tasty Baking Company produces a variety of pies, brownies, pretzels, cakes, donuts, and snack bars. All these varieties are sold by the company under the trademark of TASTYKAKE(R) (Tasty Baking Company, 2005). All these delicious products have more than 100 premium varieties. The trademark of Tasty Baking Company comprises KANDY KAKES(R) and JUNIORS(R) KRIMPETS(R) (Tasty Baking Company, Philadelphia, USA, 2009).

    Presently the chairman of the company is Mr. James E. Ksansnak, President & Chief Executive is Mr. Charles P. Pizzi (Tasty Baking Company - TSTY- Profile, 2009).

    Key Output of Tasty Baking Company Includes
     Manufacturing facilities
     Delivery of the products with high quality
     Financial outcome

    Manufacturing Facilities: Tasty Baking Company had announced to relocate its corporate headquarter and operation of Philadelphia at Navy Yard on lease in May 2007 to improve its manufacturing facilities (Marberger, 2007). By announcing a Liberty Property Tryst with its joint venture partner on April 1, 2008, the company has established groundbreaking and new manufacturing facilities in Philadelphia.

    According to Charles Pizzi and Autumn Bayles, the chief executive officer and senior vice president of strategic operations of the company, the management of the company has been working since the announcement of the plan and according to the budget and time of the project; the management has ordered various major equipment and machines (Ridder, 2008).
    The main purpose of the management behind announcing the deals of shifting in a new corporate headquarter of the company to Philadelphia is to improve the efficiency in the production facility and use the innovative manufacturing techniques (Ridder, 2008).

    Delivery of Products with High Quality: Presently, the company is performing extremely well and made such changes that have enhanced its future performance. There are more than 100 delicious products, which includes quality cakes, chocolate and ...

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