Managing People and Organisations

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MANAGING PEOPLE AND ORGANISATIONS
TEST 4
At the moment Barbour Brown would be described as a flat organisational structure which means that the organizational structure has few levels of management. We can see this as it is a small company with only two managers which is David and Neil. Like any type of structure it has advantages and the advantages of a flat structure is that this structure allows better communication between employers and employees, also easier decision making and reduced costs to the company because they do not have many managers who have higher pay than employees also the workers will be more involved in decision making than being closely supervised by management. There are also disadvantages to a flat structure which are there is not much room for promotion, it is mo9re time consuming to build this structure than a traditional as this structure generally depends on personal relationships between workers and managers. The flat structure is easily identifiable within the Barbour company as current work divisions are only on three levels the first being Civil, the second being Structural and the third being Administration. A flat structure is shown below:

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We can see that David would be seen as operating a centralised line as he supervises his workers by making them sign time sheets which will allow him to check up on his staff but Neil can be seen using a de-centralised team approach which allows him to delegate work to his subordinates. In my opinion a structure that would be more applicable to the company would be a matrix structure which can allow scope for more time to be spent with the customer. Below is a diagram which identifies the Matrix structure. {draw:a}

In a company like Barbour Brown there will be groups or teams of workers assigned to a particular project, for instance Neil could overview the marketing...
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