Leadership in Action Term Paper by BizBrain

Leadership in Action
This paper looks at leadership in action and discusses resolving corporate inertia.
# 106889 | 989 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Aug 17, 2008 in Business (Companies) , Business (Management) , Business (Applied Operations)

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This paper concerns itself with evaluating how profitable change can be successfully brought to the online division of a fictitious corporation. The writer points out that this company, Smith & Falmouth, exhibits counter-productive functional structure, internal division, political strife, and resistance to change. An analytical evaluation is made, using an external approach, with specific proposals given for a smooth change. A consultative, observational approach is taken as concentration remains on persuading the company to understand what the obstacles are, their negative potential for continued inertia, and conducting positive change management.

From the Paper:

"In Smith & Falmouth's formative stages, the original structure began as functionally flat with a wide span of control. This functional structure is unlike a Matrix structure in that there is only one authority to communicate and report to thus clearly demarking the chain of command. The company's structure is too rigid and centralized to be useful in achieving growth. A situational, transformed team-based structure relying on extensive lateral communication would lead to its ultimate success due to more responsiveness and flexibility. Its cross-functional nature enhances cooperation and communication across team boundaries.
"However, change in the workplace can be unsettling and disquieting. It brings about resistance due to the costs involved, fear of the unknown; break in routine and other factors. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Robbins, Stephen P. Organizational Behavior, Concepts, Controversies, and Applications. Fifth ed., Prentice Hall. (1991). p 320.
  • Certo, Samuel C. Modern Management, Quality, Ethics, and the Global environment. Fifth ed., Allyn and Bacon. (1992). p 432.

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