Functional Area Interrelationships

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Functional Area Interrelationships
Kudler Fine Foods

At the heart of every organization are two key foundational concepts: relationships and activities. Businesses are made up of people, who by the very nature of being in business together, have relationships and engage in activities, both independently and interdependently, that support and enable the function and success of that business.

The purpose of this paper is to explore, discuss, and examine the functional interrelationships of one organization, Kudler Fine Foods. This examination will begin by evaluating the reasons for the organizations existence, and the reasons for the organizational structure chosen for this business. Next the paper will analyze the collaboration process utilized by the various functional areas of the organization, and create a strategic plan for implementing a “best practices” plan for collaboration. Following this, the paper will identify examples of the use of lateral collaboration and veridical collaboration within the organization, and offer an action plan to improve the use of these forms of collaboration. Finally, the paper will identify the key stakeholders and their roles, discuss how stakeholders can help achieve the goals of the business, and recommend the best interactions among the stakeholders to achieve success.

The primary reasons for Kudler Fine Foods existence are the inspired passion of the founder for gourmet foodstuffs. It was through that passion for gourmet foods, and the fact that there was no source for those supplies in the local area, that the founder envisioned a possibility to become the premiere gourmet grocery store for savvy shoppers searching for the finest quality foods and wines.

The organizational structure of Kudler Fine Foods began as the one most typical of small businesses started by passionate entrepreneurs, a simple organizational structure. An owner-based hierarchy, with the owner and founder, Kathy at the top, having...
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