Functional Area Interrelationships
This paper will state the primary reasons for our organization, Kudler Fine Food’s existence as it relates to their mission, vision, values, and goals. We will examine the organizational structure employed by Kudler Fine Foods, and identify the key positions that supports their structure. Identify and explain the steps of the collaboration process among the functional areas that must be employed to achieve organizational goals, and prepare an action plan to implement the collaboration process. Also, we will identify and provide an example of the use of lateral collaboration and vertical collaboration within Kudler, and prepare an action plan to use lateral and vertical collaboration. As well as recognize the key stakeholders and their roles needed to achieve the organizational goals, and recommend the collaborative interactions among the key stakeholders to facilitate the organization’s success. Kudler Fine Foods is an upscale specialty food store located in the San Diego metropolitan area. Because of the pressure on Kathy Kudler due to much traveling and the corporate life, Kathy decided to seek out other opportunities. Kathy found that cooking gourmet meals was a way that she would relieve stress, this sparked and opportunity that lead to the opening of the first Kudler Fine Foods 1998. Because of Kathy Kudler’s vision Kudler Fine Foods now operates out of three locations; Del Mar, La Jolla, and Encinitas. Kudler’s mission, “We will provide this service because we “shop the world” for our products, purchase only the finest of products; are highly selective in acquiring our team members; and will go to extensive lengths to assure that Kudler Fine Foods is the purveyor of choice for customers aspiring to purchase the finest epicurean delights” (Kudler Fine Foods, 2013) When we combine the mission, vision and history of this organization, we see Kudler Fine Food’s primary reason for existence is to provide the best shopping experience possible to its customers, and to provide them with finest selection of bakery and pastry products, fresh produce, fresh meat and seafood, condiments and packaged foods, and cheese and specialty dairy products. ((Kudler Fine Foods, 2013) Organizational structures allow companies to plan how the company, its departments, and personnel will interact and carry out tasks. The type of organizational structure that Kudler Fine Foods has in place is the functional organizational structure. With the functional organizational structure, Kudler Fine Foods can group its employees into several functional departments that each has their own processes and procedures that are necessary to coordinate activities within the company to bring customers the finest in gourmet foods in a timely manner (Thompson, Gamble, & Strickland, 2006). Although the company’s organizational structure is not complex, its design offers the company the opportunity to provide structure, centralized authority, and a chance to group like departments together to increase company performance. Analyzing the administration organizational chart for Kudler Fine Foods suggests that the company’s functional organizational structure is vertical and allows authority to flow from President Kathy Kudler. The positions that are significant in supporting the administrative direction of the business are indicated by bold letters in the chart and include the President, Director of Finance and Accounting, Director of Store Operations, and the Director of Administration & Human Resources, and the Director of Finance & Accounting,. In the La Jolla, Del Mar, and Encinitas store organizational charts, the store managers are key personnel. Because of the number of employees they manage, each store manager has the responsibility to provide direction for each department (Kudler Fine Foods, 2013). Although these positions are key in the success of the organization, Kudler Fine Foods could not operate...
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