School of Business
Independent university, Bangladesh
Independent university, Bangladesh Assignment Number-01 Section-06 Course Code- MGT 201 Course Title: PRINCIPAL OF MANAGEMENT Submitted by:
Sajjad Hossine Sharif ID Number:1230685 Kaynath Rahman Prema ID Number: 1230686 Faisal Fahad Shuvo ID Number: 1230585 Eftesum Binte Mosharot ID Number: 1120930 Sumaya Afroz ID Number: 1231050 Khaled Ahsanul Alam ID Number: 1221684 Shahnewuz Mustafiz ID Number: 1010313 Submitted to: SUMAN PROSAD SAHA Department of School of Business Topic: CASE STUDY Summer 2013 Submission date: 13th July, 2013
CASE STUDY ON GENERAL MILLS
1. What benefits did the cross-functional teams bring to General Mills? A cross-functional team is a group of people with different functional expertise working toward a common goal. It may include people from finance, marketing, operations, and human resources departments. Typically, it includes employees from all levels of an organization. Members may also come from outside an organization, For General Mills, bringing the diverse groups together, especially during a merger, helped open the lines of communication between departments. In large organizations, it is possible for employees to work in the same building but never have an opportunity to meet one another. The meetings across organizational boundaries created opportunities for employees to establish relationships and share information from their department. The benefits of cross functional team bring to General Mills are given below: Diversity: Cross-functional teams include members from different areas of the business, which creates a group of members with diverse educational backgrounds, skill sets and talents. The diversity of the group allows the group to share ideas and skills to reach the objective of the team. For example, if the team is developing a system to reduce defects, team members with engineering skills and knowledge can develop new tools and equipment to reduce defects while members from production can provide input on the efficiency of the new tooling or equipment. Conflict: The diversity of a cross-functional team gives it an advantage when evaluating a problem from all angles, but it can also create conflict among the group. Team members may have difficulty understanding the viewpoint of other members of the group. Shared Purpose: The cross-functional team allows group members from various areas of the company to share a purpose or objective. The team leader, with input from the members, creates the goals and objectives of the team as the first step. Using employee’s skills: On a cross-functional team, workers complete assignments together using their skills and talents to further the goals of the team. Greater scope of information: Cross-functional teams require a wide range of information to reach their decisions. They need to draw on information from all parts...
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