|Case Study: | |The Comparative analysis of LawrieTech.com and Coca-Cola | |Company | |
Teamwork and Teamworking
Organisational Design and Structure
LawrieTech.com is one of the software engineering companies in Scotland, which is developing and supplying software system for controlling electricity supply. LawrieTech.com has 240 employees who service clients in 13 countries, which are include US, France and India.
Coca-cola Company is the largest manufacturer, distributor and marketer of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups in the world. Finished beverage products bearing their trademarks, sold in the US since 1886, are now sold in more than 200 countries.
Read the two organizational case studies and provide a comparative analysis of them in written essay format. In particular the areas of comparison should cover the main topics as below:
1. Teamwork and Teamworking
2. Organizational Design and Structure
3. Organizational Culture
1. Teamwork and Teamworking
Team is a combination of people within an organisation with skills, who are working together to achieve desired goal. Teamwork is the activity of working well together as a team with a collective of individual skills, talents and effects. There are four types of teams have been identified in LawrieTech.com and Coca-Cola Company.
One of the team that had been identified is self-managed team, which also known as autonomous team. Team is empowered to make decision about planning and scheduling of work, allocating tasks, controlling quality of work and evaluating performance which is essential to manage them on daily basis.
Both LawrieTech.com and Coca-Cola Company exist in self-managed team. Staffs of LawrieTech.com are “expected to liaise directly with clients and have a mandate to do what it takes to find solutions to their clients’ problems”. LawrieTech.com has to ensure members of teams are in the“…right mix of skills and capabilities in order to meet the very exacting demands of clients”. According to McClelland’s acquired needs of power theory, members will have a mandate to control other persons, to influence their behaviour, and to be responsible for other people to fulfill their needs and self-satisfaction. Hence, “staff turnover is minimal and every year LawrieTech.com is inundated with the CVs of eager young graduates”.
Coca-Cola Company is a large company which has “…axed 6,000 employees”. Coca-Cola will be an autonomous team because they are given authority to re-design structure and make decisions that adapt to the country’s culture and needs. “Coca-Cola produces over 300 brands worldwide” and “the bottling and distribution system is also adapted to local needs”. Besides, “they have restructured with a management team coordinates a new, nimble, and entrepreneurial network”. In addition, Coca-Cola “….has positioned itself for growth by moving key decision making closer to local market”.
Virtual team is one of the team which had identified from both companies, where teams are using computer technology to tie together physically dispersed members in order to achieve a common goal. They can share information and ideas, make decisions, and complete tasks by using communication links. They can include members from the same company or link an organization’s members with the employees from other organization like suppliers and joint partners. (Stephen P. Robbins & Timothy A. Judge 2005)
LawrieTech.com has “set up a ‘Knowledge Transfer’ on the intranet to share and discuss ideas”. “Staffs are encouraged to communicate with other teams members”. Fully used of this...
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