The company in the simulation named Good Sport which is a Florida based manufacturer of fitness equipment such as treadmills, bikes, steppers and rowing equipment. Basketball player Jason Poole founded Good Sport 15 years ago. Good Sport has fifteen years of experience in providing excellent products to clients. The company has been successful marketing its exercise equipments to hospitals. Good Sport has also succeeded to provide equipments for clubs, hotels and residences into North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. The latest interactive holistic exercise equipment which developed by research and development (R&D) department is named XtendSport. Good Sport has four departments, R&D production, sales, and finance. Any new equipment need to be approved by each of the four departments before it can go to production. To continued succeed, Good Sport should consider the latest trends by designing and manufacturing new products.
Organization structure in Good Sport is the one which we see most frequently in corporations. The previous CEO Marvin Wallace led Good Sport and was in charge of production, R&D, sales, and finance departments. Each of the departments has their own vice president, senior manager and lower manager. Lower managers need to report to the senior managers, and senior managers need to report to the vice president, and finally report to the CEO. It means commands and decisions flow down from the CEO through certain management levels to employees. Therefore, within the company of Good Sport, it is a hierarchical or tall organizational structure. The hierarchy in an organization defines the ordered relation in term of power in decision making on a set of members in the organization (Shiba, 2002). The benefit of using hierarchical organizational structure is middle managers serve a valuable function by controlling work activities and managing corporate growth The disadvantage of using hierarchical organizational structure is too... [continues]
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