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Integration under one department

Central Textiles is a clothing manufacturer that operates 16 plants throughout the Southern US and Latin America. The Information Systems Departments, which reports to the vice president of finance, operates the central mainframe and LAN at the headquarters building in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and the WAN that connects all plants. The LANs in each plant are managed by a separate IT group at each plant that reports to the plant manager.

The telephone communication systems and long distances agreements are managed by a telecommunications department in the headquarters that reports to the vice president of finance. The CEO of Central Textiles has come to you asking about whether they have the best arrangements or whether it would make more sense to integrate the three functions under one new department. Outline pros and cons of both alternatives.

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If everything will be integrated under one department, say IT and communication, it will result in better planning, more efficiency in operations and better coordination, resolution of issues and implementation of new plan under one department. ...

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Central Textiles is a clothing manufacturer that operates 16 plants throughout the Southern US and Latin America. The Information Systems Departments, which reports to the vice president of finance, operates the central mainframe and LAN at the headquarters building in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and the WAN that connects all plants. The LANs in each plant are managed by a separate IT group at each plant that reports to the plant manager.

The telephone communication systems and long distances agreements are managed by a telecommunications department in the headquarters that reports to the vice president of finance. The CEO of Central Textiles has come to you asking about whether they have the best arrangements or whether it would make more sense to integrate the three functions under one new department. Outline pros and cons of both alternatives.

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