Begin reading Chapters 10, 11 and 12 in course textbook
Robbins, S. P., & Coulter, M. (2016). Management, 13th Edition. Pearson Education.
- Why do organizations need to have structure?
- How do organizations choose an organizational structure?
You are the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) of a large tech company in Silicon Valley and your company has just acquired a small start-up company that has recently developed an apparatus that can introduce a drug into the human body subcutaneously without the use of a needle. This small start-up has ten employees and all are either programmers or medical researchers including the two founders of the start-up. The two founders, Mike and Ike, are both 25 years old and are not savvy business people.
Your company (the parent company) has tasked you with identifying the best organizational structure for the start-up.
You are now making your presentation to the Board as to what organizational structure you’re recommending to be implemented at the start-up company. Some members of the Board have asked you the following questions:
(For this role-play you will answer the following questions…)
- Do we need to develop an organizational structure for the start-up company or could it just remain the same as the management structure of the parent company?
- What type of organizational structure are you recommending and why?
- What are the key advantages of the structure you are proposing? Are there any disadvantages?