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Organizational structure and Human resource policies

You are tasked to represent the Board of Directors of your organization in your selected industry. You are the top management team of the organization located (your choice of locations). You believe that productivity, quality of product, innovativeness, profitability (and/or cost effectiveness), and morale are much lower than they should be to meet the competitive and social challenges of the year 2008 and beyond. You will present a statement of management philosophy and a sketch of the basic human resources policies and procedures you believe will lead to the goals you seek. Members of the Board of Directors will be looking at (1) the soundness and innovativeness of your recommended program, (2) evidence of industry-study, interviews (if available), and library research, and (3) the quality of your presentation.

Students must have a minimum of three (3) referenced journals found in the online library included in the reference page about the policy and implementation. The paper should include an assessment of the student's current organizational demographics (If you are not working or do not have a frame of reference, you can research an organization through the online library or http://www.greatplacetowork.com/best/list-bestusa.htm) that is researched and potential impact using the following outline:

Parameters for the organization

? You are free to describe the organization with which you will be associated. You will need to provide some level of detail of your organization. Use your general knowledge, coursework, and research to accomplish this.
? Even though you are required to provide general organizational details, your primary function is human resources. Analyze based on this premise.
? Assume that a core group of managers and employees (approximately 250) are already in place.
? Your organization can produce a product or service.

Requirements for the Overview of the organization

? Description of what the organization does and organizational structure. Be specific. You may include an organizational chart.
? How does the organization operate? How are tasks/work projects accomplished?
? Is the organization domestic or international? Locations?
? Who are the competitors?
? What are the factors that you believe are critical to success in this organization?
? What is the culture like?
? How is information communicated?
? Why would people want to work for this organization?

Requirements for Policies

? Present a statement of management philosophy
? Develop the rationale for policies and procedures that you feel are needed to achieve the organizational goals. Minimally, policies on sexual harassment, promotion, and dismissal should be included. Include relevant legal issues. This rationale must be supported by relevant research; not just your opinion on what is needed.
? Develop a minimum of 5 actual policies to be included in appendices
? Analyze implications and draw conclusions
? Provide recommendations to include the rationale for selecting the policies and the impact on the organization
? Provide a plan of communication for implications
? Minimum of 3 scholarly peer reviewed journals must be included (I expect an extensive reference list of at least 10 references (books, journals, interviews, etc.) to be inclu

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I have selected Nestle as an organization for this assignment. I will give you the guidelines relating to it regarding the above assignment.

About Nestle

As per nestle.com, "Nestle is the world's foremost Nutrition, Health and Wellness Company." It is a highly profitable company and its sales for 2007 were CHF 107.6 bn with a net profit of CHF 10.6 bn. Nestle employs around 276 050 people and have factories or operations in almost every country in the world. Nestlé's philosophy guides the organization behavior. As per the Nestlé's site "For a business to be successful in the long term it has to create value, not only for its shareholders but also for society. We call this Creating Shared Value. It is not philanthropy or an add-on, but a fundamental part of our business strategy. Simply stated, in order to create value for our shareholders and our company, we need to create value for the people in the countries where we are present - farmers who supply to us, our employees, our consumers and the communities
where we operate. "

Organizational Structure is the framework that defines reporting relationships between different positions within the organization. OS facilitates the delegation of authority, allocation of resources, and decision-making within the organization. (bnet.com) As per Nestlé website it has following guidelines:

"Flat and flexible organizations with few levels of management and broad spans of control, including project teams and task forces. Networking and horizontal communication are encouraged with clear accountability of the managers and the hierarchy.
_ Clear levels of responsibility and well-defined objectives are a must. Teamwork and networking do not affect the manager's responsibility: a team has always a responsible leader.
_ A structure which assures operational speed and personal responsibility, with strong focus on results, reducing bureaucracy as much as possible."

Hence it believes in flat and decentralized organization.

Critical Success factor: Focus on Innovation

It has got 24 research, development and technology facilities worldwide which makes it as the largest R&D network of any food company. Nestlé's research, development and technology network, together with local market application groups, employs around 5,000 people. As per the site, "Nestlé further strengthens its R&D capability through Open Innovation at each stage of the product development process - from early stage collaborations with start up and biotech companies ...

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