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David Jones of General Electric

Born in Barberville, Kentucky, David Jones began as first line supervisor at General Electric, where he spent the first 13 years of his successful career before moving on and moving up. Jones has held chief executive positions with Electrolux, direct selling of vacuum cleaners, Regina Corporation, an appliances company and Thermal Scan, a medical products company. This varied industry background and his enthusiasm for sports as a young man, helped shape Jones's management style. He emphasizes the importance of commitment, enthusiasm, and teamwork as important elements for success. Jones is convinced that pride in one's company. Its employees and its management team are keys to successful operation.

Jones joined Rayovac in 1996.At that time, the company almost exclusively produced batteries. In his first year, Rayovac generated sales of $400 million. Since that time, Jones has changed the strategic direction of the company, introducing a diversified product line and competing in several different markets. Jones's strategy has ultimately led to a name change for the corporation. Today, the former Rayovac Corporation is known as Spectrum Brands Corporation. While still producing batteries, the company's products are diversified into the markets of pet products, personal grooming and lawn and garden care. there is no doubt that Jones's team-oriented style and diversification strategy have had a positive impact on Spectrum Brands. Today's Gross sales are $2.8 billion.

1. Given the business situation, explain how the firm might organize using a Matrix structure for the organization.

2. Explain how the firm could operate using Multidivisional structure.

3. Discuss which structure would be more effective? Explain.

4. For each of your two organizational structures, give three examples of potential communication problems the structure might cause. Recommend corrective actions the company can take to address these issues.

5. For each of your two organizational structures, recommend the degree of centralization that would be most effective. Explain.

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Management and organizational Structure issues

1. Given the business situation, explain how the firm might organize using a Matrix structure for the organization.
If the firm uses a Matrix structure for the organization, then Jane will appoint a product manager each for batteries, pet product, personal grooming and lawn and garden care. She will also appoint functional managers namely, finance, production, Sales & Marketing, and Human Resources. Each employee will report both to the functional managers and to the product managers.

2. Explain how the firm could operate using Multidivisional structure.

If the firm operates using a multidivisional structure, there will be a separate division for each product namely, battery division, pet product division, personal grooming division, and lawn and garden care division. Each division will have employees that will report only to their respective divisional managers. The divisions will be supported by corporate finance, and human resources. Each division works as a separate ...

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