Mba 540 Case Study 13

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Chapter 13 - “Analyzing Managerial Decisions: Bagby Copy Company MBA 540 Michelle Wilson August 9, 2015 There are many advantages and disadvantages to specific vs. broad task assignment. Assigning specific tasks to workers allows the company to hire specifically based on the ability of the worker to do a very specific job. In this way efficiency can be increased as a worker should be performing the job that he is comparatively best suited to perform and nothing else. Competition amongst workers can also be increased as there is a specific metric to judge by. The cost of training a worker is also reduced as the worker does not have to be trained in every aspect of the company only what he is going to be doing. The immediate drawback to this however is that he will not be trained in the jobs of the other workers, and if he is not there to perform his duty no one else will be able to. For this reason, broad assignment while usually less efficient allows for flexibility in its workforce, which allows the company to pivot for loss in workforce of changes in tasks. Grouping the teams based on function allows for the teams to have higher team coordination and again increases the flexibility of the individual worker. Workers within the function become much more knowledgeable about the function because they work amongst many different products performing the same task in each. Grouping according to product would allow the teams to become experts in the product that they are working on, allowing them to make smarter decisions based on the context of the specific product. In this situation however, I feel that grouping according to function would be smarter for production. The matrix organization around countries and products seems to be the smartest move for the company. Organizing the company’s organization around the products limits the contextual ability for

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