Kudler Fine Foods: Theoretical Collaboration In The Organization

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Analyze Paper Learning Team B B BUS/475 Kudler Fine Foods Kudler Fine Foods was established on June 18, 1998 by Kathy Kudler. Currently Kudler Fine Foods has three locations: La Jolla, Del Mar, and Encinitas with plans to expand across the U.S. This paper is going to analyze reasons for the type of organizational structure employed by the organization. Team B will also identify and explain the steps of the collaboration process among the functional areas and Identify and provide an example of the use of lateral collaboration and vertical collaboration within the organization.…show more content…
The matrix structure combines the functional and product departmental strategy approach. It implements the functional departmentalization strategy for administration purposes, and the product departmentalization strategy for its individual grocery stores. The functional strategy allows the company to separate the workers and the work in departments of their specific areas of expertise. This lowers the cost of operation by reducing the possibility of work duplication and also pairs workers of similar training, experience, and communication. The product departmentalization strategy of the grocery stores works to streamline the operation of each gourmet specialty department. It allows the top managers of each area to monitor productivity and make strategic adjustments that are beneficial for that department. The key here is specialization. This is a small business that needs to be very specific in its administration and product availability. The key positions that support the functional organizational structure are the President, the Store Managers, the Director of Finance, the Director of Human Resources, and the Director of Store Operations. The key positions that support the Product organizational structure are Store Managers, Assistant Store managers, each individual Department Manager, and each individual Department…show more content…
This is so any extra funds that are accumulated can go towards a new marketing strategy so that customers may be rewarded for being loyal to Kudler Fine Foods. A second action plan that may be needed to increase revenue is to increase the efficiency program. Here is where Yvonne Reynolds along with the inventory manger will have to find out how to decrease the amount of food that is being kept therefore; the company can save funds to create better and improved marketing strategies Lateral Collaboration and Vertical Collaboration Kudler’s management team has worked to develop a plan for transforming the stores and its employees to align with the mission and vision statements. The purpose of this strategic direction is to clearly state the major areas of focus for the organization. In order to achieve its objectives it is of utmost importance that Kudler have reliable lateral and vertical collaboration. Lateral collaboration implies collaboration at the same level within an organization. Lateral collaboration presents itself in the form of how our cashiers have an open line of communication with baggers by having five minute huddles that explains what is going on

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