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Which forces in the environment are most difficult for FMC Green River to manage? Why? In what way does the need to manage these forces influence the organization's structure and culture? Use the text, other materials, and your own experience to support your argument. If you use other sources, please include them.

I am looking for ideas and suggestions. Thank you.

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Study Question: Which forces in the environment are most difficult for FMC Green River to manage? Why? In what way does the need to manage these forces influence the organization's structure and culture? Use the text, other materials, and your own experience to support your argument. I am looking for ideas and suggestions. Thank you.

I located an excellent on-line source, uploaded below for easy referencing, but you might want to make reference to your text and course material as well (to be sure it is line with your course material), as suggested in the assignment question. The environmental forces that would be most difficult for FMC Green River to manage:

1. Changes in managerial style -> change training, organizational structure (flatter), production method (e.g. group/team approach, etc.) However, training the managers to participatory principles and other managers to match job requirements with employee skills is going to be important for FMC (e.g., had promoted managers without having the essential training and prerequisite skills), which will eventually affect the organization culture in a positive way, mainly by improving employee morale, motivation, and overall job satisfaction. As well, being trained in group/team work based on participatory style principles will also impact organization structure (initially perhaps by resistance) by improving employee morale, motivation, and overall job satisfaction.

2. Changes in technology --> change training, organizational structure (flatter), production methods (e.g., computers and information systems; communications systems; etc.). This might be difficult initially; getting people on board might be met with initial resistance, for example. However, this is based on the assumption that FMC will make use of virtual teams, etc. (See Lewin's General Phases of Change, p. 3 below). This will clearly flatten the organizational structure and production methods will move from isolated means to more group production methods. Flattened structures eventually (like Aberdeen's experience) impact the organizational culture positively (e.g., high morale, job satisfaction, motivation -> higher ...

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Based on the FMC Aberdeen/Green River Case Study, this solution explains which forces in the environment that might be most difficult for FMC Green River to manage. It also explains the way that FMC needs to manage these forces to influence the organization's structure and culture. Supplemented with a highly informative outline summary of managing organizational change.

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Concepts in Organizational Behavior

Begin by reading FMC Aberdeen case study. This should be read in its entirety and will be used for all assignments in this course.

All of your individual projects will culminate in production of a formal proposal to the Plant Manager. To accomplish that objective, you are to conduct an organizational analysis for Kenneth Dailey, site manager for FMC Corporation's Green River, Wyoming facility. Dailey wants to determine what type of organizational design will be best suited to the Wyoming subsidiary of FMC Corporation. He is particularly interested in the possibilities represented by the FMC Aberdeen model, but is open to all valid recommendations and plans for implementation. Your drop date for the final analysis is in five weeks with the unit 5 IP. However, each week you will submit work for the unit, which will then be included in your final report.
An organization is a consciously coordinated social unit, composed of several people whose main focus is to achieve a common goal or set of goals.

A successful organization understands the cultural differences in various divisions or branches. It uses culture and group dynamics to overcome management challenges, implement strategic initiatives, and develop business opportunities.

Organizations with an exceptional "company" culture are usually run by leaders who understand and practice effective cultural leadership principles. A culture or sub-culture that works effectively in one part of an organization may not work well in another. Those who have made it to the top have done so by building a high performance workplace around the corporate culture.

As you prepare for each assignment your focus should be on developing a basic understanding of leadership, motivation, job satisfaction, etc., and how the corporate culture is what makes something work in one part of an organization, but not another.


During the next five weeks, you will be using the Step by Step Analysis format to look at various areas of interest, culminating in the preparation of a formal proposal for the Plant Manager.

The following represents the steps and stages you would undertake to conduct and present an Organizational Analysis, using the Step-by-Step Analysis Approach. Using this method, you first provide an Introduction and Background into the organization you are analyzing. Based on a careful evaluation of your data and information, your analysis draws from the principles, theories, and strategies of Organizational Behavior, by utilizing your text book, the Library, and other credible sources. You then make recommendations and provide alternative actions to either management or a client. This is fully explained and outlined in detail below:

Introduction and Background: Provide a small introduction to issues, factors, and problems you will analyze and address in your paper from an organization behavioral standpoint.

Organizational Behavior Analysis: Analyze the issues for the week (for example week 1 management ability, job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and organizational ethics) as they relate to Aberdeen and Green River. Refer to the assignment list for the issues for the week.

Alternatives and Recommendations: Propose and analyze alternatives for Green River based on principles of organizational effectiveness. Each recommendation should include some written discussion and a corresponding rationale. It is important that these conclusions flow logically from the previous steps. Please Remember: A set of recommendations must really be meaningful and realistic. The recommendations must be actionable.

Implementation with a Contingency Plan: Present an Implementation Plan: You can provide an implementation plan, which includes a set of actionable initiatives for issues that are prioritized, ranked in order of importance, realistic, and within the collective capabilities of the organization. Also include a Contingency Plan: All organizations are affected by internal or external changes. As a result, it is important to have a contingency plan in case of either unanticipated change or implementation failures.
The topics to analyze for this unit are:

The Management of Ability
Organizational Commitment
Job Satisfaction
Organizational Ethics
As you follow the Step by Step Analysis you will keep in mind the differences that exist between FMC Green River and FMC Aberdeen with regard to management of ability, commitment, satisfaction and ethics. State what the corporate culture and work environment is like at Aberdeen, then at Green River. What is each facility currently doing in each of these areas and is that effective? Based on the corporate culture, identify alternate methods for Green River to consider and how will you implement your recommendations?

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