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Whole Foods Market, IGA and Wal-Mart
A comparative analysis of the organizational behavior of Whole Foods Market, IGA and Wal-Mart.
# 152492 | 4,062 words | 7 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Feb 24, 2013 in Business (Companies) , Business (Management)

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The paper describes Whole Foods Market, Independent Grocers Alliance (IGA) and Wal-Mart respectively, and then provides a comparison of the organizational behavior of these three firms. The paper looks at the treatment of the staff members, the approach of customers, the social responsibility, the organic products or the business partnerships and finds that the three grocery retailers are economic agents who strive to operate in efficient means in order to reach their pre-established goals. The paper notes that their ultimate selection of the organizational behavior strategies and values depends on the unique dimensions of the firm, such as the product palette sold, the customer served, the industry in which they operate, the goals and the financial constraints.

Whole Foods Market
Comparative Organizational Behavior Analysis

From the Paper:

"IGA is highly different from the Whole Foods Market from the simple standpoint of its nature as an economic agent. While the Whole Foods Market is an independent economic institution, IGA is a unification of several groceries vendors who stand together to safeguard and promote their common goals. The Independent Grocers Alliance was formed in 1926 and its declared purpose was that of protecting grocery retailers, understood back then as family owned businesses, from the threats of incremental competition. The sense of family owned was preserved through today, when the IGA places the community at the center of its operations. "Today, that entrepreneurial family business spirit is alive and well, and communities across the U.S. are being served by second, third and even fourth generation independent IGA Retailers. And IGA is expanding across the globe, as well. IGA's Hometown Proud stores can be found in more than forty countries around the world. In a time of cookie-cutter chains, IGA stores stand out as distinctively unique, just like the communities they serve" (IGA Website, 2010). In other words, the two elements in the composition of the IGA philosophy are produce freshness and neighborly sentiment of aid, support, respect and reliability. And these values characterize not only the IGA retailers within the United States of America, but also those in Canada or in other global regions where IGA has strived to preserve local values."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alsop, R., January 31, 2007, How Boss's Deeds Buff A Firm's Reputation, The Wall Street Journal
  • Entine, J., June 7, 2008, The Question of Wal-Mart's Social Responsibility, Babson College, http://www3.babson.edu/Centers/retail_intelligence/upload/Wal_mart_sustainability.pdf last accessed on June 7, 2010
  • Freeman, R., 2003, Wal-Mart Collapses U.S. Cities and Towns, Executive Intellifggence Review, http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2003/3045walmart_iowa.html last accessed on June 7, 2010
  • 2010, Wal-Mart Website, http://www.walmart.com/ last accessed on June 8, 2010
  • 2010, Wal-Mart Stores Website, http://walmartstores.com/ last accessed on June 10, 2010

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