Walmart Organizational Structure

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A corporation’s organizational structure is a formal composition of the task and reporting relationships that allows the corporation to control, coordinate, and to motivate its associates as one cohesive unit to ensure a common goal is achieved. Although there are only approximately seven (7) organizational structure types recognized, each organization has a way of pulling these components into one structured outline to portray the necessary relationships. When composing a structure for a particular organization, management looks for the most effective way to categorize departments and their relationships to achieve the highest level of production. Typically these kind of organizational structures are organized in a top-down manner. Once the executive level is satisfied with the structure, it flows down to management. In some cases the organizational structure may not be visible, but judging by actions and specified reporting protocol the structure is intact and in use without a direct micromanagement style. Three of these particular organizations are Wal-Mart, Unilever & Starbucks.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is an American public corporation that runs a chain of large discount department stores and a chain of warehouse stores; currently Wal-Mart is the world’s largest public corporation by revenue. On January 28th, 2010 after much corporate research, Bill Simon; COO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. released the news of its organizational realigning in what is said to be an attempt to make the retailer more efficient and better able to respond to it customers demands. The retailer said it would re-organize its three (3) U.S. operations into three geographic units within the U.S. and assign a president to each unit. These units were changed to Wal-Mart West, Wal-Mart North, and Wal-Mart South. During this release Wal-Mart also stated that in the U.S. it would be aligning all of their operations into three (3) operating divisions as well. The operations...
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