Business Management

Overview

In this assignment, you will evaluate a current organizational structure and recommend structural changes that can help address the concerns the organization identified regarding collaboration, communication, and autonomy.

Scenario

You work for an organization that has traditionally been very formalized, and managers have had a very broad span of control over direct reports from multiple departments and functions. This worked well in the past; managers were able to oversee a high number of direct reports because there were many rules and regulations dictating how their work should be performed. However, there were downsides. Employee talent was underused, and there wasn’t a strong team culture, as most work was done independently according to standard operating processes.

Recently, the organization has been shifting to less formalized working structures to support more creative, innovative work and provide employees with more autonomy. While employees are happy with the purpose of these new changes, managers are feeling overwhelmed, and employees are feeling undersupported. This has impacted function-specific work the most, because in the past, managers didn’t need to understand in-depth, function-specific tasks (such as the technical aspects of graphic design work or the intricacies of project management). Instead, they had the ability to rely on rules, regulations, and standard operating processes. Employees have also noticed a lack of communication around current projects, which has led to a lack of updated information and duplicated work across management teams.

You have been asked to work with the human resources department to recommend a new organizational structure that addresses these identified management and communication concerns.

Prompt

Use the Module Six Assignment Template located in the Guidelines for Submission section to create an updated organizational structure chart for the organization. Then, in a separate Word document, write a brief explanation for your recommended changes and how they will impact both organizational communication and overall team dynamics.

Specifically, you must address the following rubric criteria:

  • Updated Organizational Structure Chart: Create an updated organizational structure chart that addresses management and communication concerns.
  • Explanation of Changes: Explain your reasoning for why you made the changes you did to the company’s organizational structure. Include how your changes differ from the original and why you believe they would benefit the organization.
  • Impact on Organizational Communication: Describe the impact these changes will have on the company’s overall organizational communication.
  • Impact on Team Communication: Describe the impact these changes will have on the company’s overall team communication and reporting structure.

Guidelines for Submission

Submit your completed Module Six Assignment Template PPT as a PPT file. Submit your separate, written submission as a 2- to 3-page Word document with 12-point Times New Roman font, double spacing, and one-inch margins.

A text-only version of the template is available: Module Six Assignment Template Text-Only Version Word Document. If you use this template, submit it as a Word file.

Module Six Assignment Rubric

Criteria Exemplary Proficient Needs Improvement Not Evident Value
Updated Organizational Structure Chart N/A Creates an updated organizational structure chart that addresses management and communication concerns (100%) Shows progress toward proficiency, but with errors or omissions; areas for improvement may include ensuring details such as organizational communication and team dynamics are taken into account (55%) Does not attempt criterion (0%) 25
Explanation of Changes Exceeds proficiency in an exceptionally clear, insightful, sophisticated, or creative manner (100%) Provides reasons for the changes made to the company’s organizational structure, including how they differ from the original and how they would benefit the organization (85%) Shows progress toward proficiency, but with errors or omissions; areas for improvement may include providing concrete reasons for the changes or including details such as how the changes would benefit the company (55%) Does not attempt criterion (0%) 25
Impact on Organizational Communication Exceeds proficiency in an exceptionally clear, insightful, sophisticated, or creative manner (100%) Describes the impact these changes will have on the company’s overall organizational communication (85%) Shows progress toward proficiency, but with errors or omissions; areas for improvement may include providing more detail or context about the impact the changes will have on communication (55%) Does not attempt criterion (0%) 20
Impact on Team Communication Exceeds proficiency in an exceptionally clear, insightful, sophisticated, or creative manner (100%) Describes the impact these changes will have on the company’s overall team communication and reporting structure (85%) Shows progress toward proficiency, but with errors or omissions; areas for improvement may include providing clear details about the impact the changes will have on team communication and reporting structure (55%) Does not attempt criterion(0%) 20
Articulation of Response Exceeds proficiency in an exceptionally clear, insightful, sophisticated, or creative manner (100%) Clearly conveys meaning with correct grammar, sentence structure, and spelling, demonstrating an understanding of audience and purpose (85%) Shows progress toward proficiency, but with errors in grammar, sentence structure, and spelling, negatively impacting readability (55%) Submission has critical errors in grammar, sentence structure, and spelling, preventing understanding of ideas (0%) 10
Total: 100%