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Finding the Optimum Alignment of Organizational Elements

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Evaluate how organizational functions (e.g., marketing, finance, human resources, operations) influence and determine the organizational structure of your selected organization.

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According to Cummings & Worley (2008), organizational design configures the organization's structure, work design, human resource practices, and management and information systems to guide members' behaviors in a strategic direction. According to these authors, this type of intervention typically occurs in response to a major change in the organization's strategy that requires fundamentally new ways for the organization to function and members to behave. Because organizational features significantly affect member behavior, organization design constructs them to fit with each other so they all mutually reinforce the desired behavior in the new strategic direction. According to these authors, this comprehensive intervention contrasts sharply with piecemeal approaches that address the design elements separately and thus risk misaligning them with each other and sending mixed signals about desired behaviors. For example, many organizations have experienced problems implementing team-based structures because their existing information and reward systems emphasize individual-based performance.

According to Cummings & Worley (2008) the key notion in organization is the 'fit' or 'alignment' among the various organizational elements. For example, a systems based model of organizational design involves strategy, structure, work design, human resource practices and management and information systems. For example, according to Cummings & Worley (2008) strategy involves how the organization will use its resources to gain competitive advantage. It may focus, according ...

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The purpose of this paper is to do an organizational analysis, involving its structure, work design, human resource practices, management, and information systems, in effect the elements of an organization; and how to find the best fit or alignment, in terms of competitive innovation and/or competitive advantage over one's competition.