Compare the description of the transnational model in this chapter to the elements of the learning organization described in Chapter 1.  Do you think the transnational model seems workable for a huge global firm?  Discuss.

 

10.       Compare the description of the transnational model in this chapter to the elements of the learning organization described in Chapter 1.  Do you think the transnational model seems workable for a huge global firm?  Discuss.

6.         Lean concepts such as continuous improvement and waste reduction have long been used by manufacturing companies. Discuss how service firms can apply the same concepts. Why do you think many service companies are adopting these ideas?

7.         Why might administrators at a hospital such as Seattle Children’s Hospital, described on page 280, want to foster relational coordination?    

 

Week 5

Read and review page 341 in your textbook and post your responses to questions 5 and 9. Next, read page 381 in your textbook and post your responses to questions 2 and 8.  Remember, to earn full credit you must respond to your classmates

5. Describe how the four balanced scorecard components discussed in the chapter might be used for feedback control within organizations. Which of these components is more similar to outcome control? Behavior control?

9. What are some competitive issues that might lead a company to fully integrate e-business operations with its traditional business? What issues might lead it to keep its e-business as a separate unit or division? Discuss some advantages and disadvantages of each approach.

2. Apply the concept of life cycle to an organization with which you are familiar, such as a local business. What stage is the organization in now? How did the organization handle or pass through its life cycle crisis?

8. How does the Salvation Army manage to be “several different kinds of organization at the same time”? Does the Salvation Army’s approach seem workable for a large media company like Time Warner or Disney that wants to reduce bureaucracy?