Critical Thinking: Organizational Implementation (105 points)

This week, our focus is on organizational structure and strategy implementation. For this critical thinking assignment, read the case study, W.L. Gore (Gore) & Associates: Rethinking Management (Case # 22) from your textbook. In addition, read Chapter 6, “Organizational Structure and Management Systems: The Fundamentals of Strategy Implementation.”

  • Name and describe a typical company that is organized as a hierarchy.
  • Describe how the following are practiced at this company—specialization, coordination, cooperation, and control.
  • How does this company’s structure and management system promote the effective implementation of the company’s strategy?
  • Describe how the following are practiced at Gore—specialization, coordination, cooperation, and control.
  • Given that typical control mechanisms are lacking at Gore, how is the company able to effectively operate?
  • How do Gore’s organizational structure and management systems promote effective strategy implementation?

Explanation & Answer length: 4 pages

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