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Make a case for one of the following possible statements about Industrial Services of America, Inc. (ISA): The interaction of the outputs at Industrial Services of America, Inc. (ISA) 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 this 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.

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The interaction of the outputs at Industrial Services of America from three primary levels of the organization, interact to generate high performance of the overall organization. At the largest, organizational level, ISA's basket of goods offered serves several target markets. At a median scope, the group level, each of ISA's business segments - waste management and recycling processing - operate at efficient levels, (ISA, 2011). Finally, at the individual level, ISA employees operate at a high efficiency level, contributing to the efficiency of the organization as a whole on a daily basis. Nadler and Tushman (1980) divide output into three primary levels - individual, group, and organizational. Figure 1 summarizes the Nadler and Tushman model of an organization, and while the organization of output levels is a function of the overall leadership decisions - and therefore remain fluid in reality - they will be treated as constant for the purpose of evaluation.
Congruence Model for Organization Analysis

Figure 1: Congruence Model for Organization Analysis (Falletta, 2008).

CMOA seeks to measure the notion of congruence among factors and components of the system. Nadler and Tushman (1980) summarize congruence as the degree to which the needs, demands, goals, objectives, and/or structures of one component are consistent with the needs, demands, goals, objectives, and/or structures of another component (i.e., how well pairs of components fit together), (Falletta, 2008). Congruence ultimately pairs the efforts of the throughput portion to the desired output of the organization. Therefore, what the desired output is comprised of is highly dependent on the direction of organizational leadership. Decisions on where to divert limited inputs in order to leverage the most gain in output are mostly dependent on defining that output.

Industrial Services of America' Organizational Output

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