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The Congruence Model recognizes "Outputs" as existing at the Individual, Group, and Organizational levels.
Please discuss the Outputs - at all three levels -of Google. Be thorough and be specific.

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At the organizational level Google's outputs are the services provided by the company. The most important service is Google Search. The other outputs include communication and publishing tools, development tools, map related services, advertising services, operating systems, desktop applications, and mobile applications. In addition, Google makes several hardware products and provides services. Let us consider some examples. Nexus S is a Google smart phone that runs the Android open source mobile operating system. Similarly, Google Crisis Response is a public project that covers ongoing and past disasters. The main earrings of Google are from online advertising market.

At the organizational level the output of Google is the sales revenues of $59.82 billion, operating income of $13.9 billion, and a net income of $12.9 billion in 2013. For the shareholders the earning per share is $19.43. The quarterly growth rate of Google sales revenues is 21.7 % when compared with industry average of 13.34%. Overall, at the organizational level the output of Google is commendable.

At the Group level the outputs are the projects that are allotted to different groups. The Engineering & Design groups are allotted technology based projects. The operations & support teams are given high pressure projects that are related to the internet. The product management ...

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The answer to this problem explains Nadler-Tushman outputs for Google Inc . The references related to the answer are also included. 831 words.

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Organization Outputs, Interaction and Performance

BACKGROUND

Outputs are not complicated to understand. At the Organization level, they are the products and services that are provided to customers. (It can also be the value provided to owners, but we are not going to consider this here.) The primary way that a company measures its performance is financially: Sales, Profit, Return on Sales (ROS), Return on Assets; and also via market share.

The organization is made up of various groups. One way to look at groups is by functional area: marketing, operations, purchasing, etc. Another way, if the company is large, is by its various divisions or by its product groupings. Here it becomes a little more complicated to measure performance, but it is possible by defining the goals and objectives of each group.

The bottom level of the organization is the individual. Each person has a job description and is responsible for specific outputs for that job. The main method of performance measurement here is individual productivity: Outputs / Inputs. e.g. widgets / hour, or reports / day. This is more difficult to quantify and for a specific company is difficult to obtain, since this data is not generally reported. Sometimes you can infer some individual measures, for example, by dividing Profit by the number of total employees, to get a measure of overall profitability per person.

Research your company and find the relevant data for this assignment in terms of its outputs. One good source of information here is the Annual Report or the annual 10k report. But you may have to take some time to sift through these.

REQUIRED READING:

Nadler, D.A. & Tushman, M.L. (1980) A model for diagnosing organizational behavior. Organizational Dynamics, 9(2), 35-51.
http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdf?vid=7&hid=112&sid=856c7034-cd66-44f2-b602-311e90741e67%40sessionmgr102

CASE

Make a Case for one of the following possible statements about your organization: The interaction of the outputs at XYZ [the chosen company] from the three different levels of the organization, interact to generate [high, medium, or low] performance of the overall organization [choose one of the three possible performances.]

Using the Nadler-Tushman Congruence Model, conduct an analysis of the chosen company's outputs. Remember that outputs exist at the individual, group and organizational levels and that there are often differences between the output goals an organization specifies in its strategic plans and those that are actually achieved.

Identify the outputs of the organization at each of three levels. Also identify the goals that it has set and its current performance. Include the following:

Outputs at the organizational level are the products and/or services that it provides to its customers. What are these and how does the company categorize them? How does it measure its organizational performance (e.g., sales, net profit, return on sales, return on assets, market share, customer satisfaction, etc.) Provide some specific performance data.

What are some ways the company identifies groups? For example, are there geographic groups (or divisions), functional groups, etc. What are the outputs of these groups? How does it (or how might it) measure performance of these groups?

What are some of the key individual functions, and what are their outputs? How do these outputs contribute to the group outputs? How do they measure individual performance?

Evaluate how the outputs at the different levels interact with each other. Determine if you think the overall performance of the company is high, medium, or low. Then choose your proposition and make a Case.

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