Foundations of Organization Structure Culture and Change Discussion

Chapter 15. Foundations of Organization Structure

Chapter 16. Organizational Culture

Chapter 17. Organizational Change and Stress Management

Initial Postings: Read and reflect on the assigned readings for the week. Then post what you thought was the most important concept(s), method(s), term(s), and/or any other thing that you felt was worthy of your understanding in each assigned textbook chapter.Your initial post should be based upon the assigned reading for the week, so the textbook should be a source listed in your reference section and cited within the body of the text. Other sources are not required but feel free to use them if they aid in your discussion.

Also, provide a graduate-level response to each of the following questions:

Performance Improvement through Culture Change

Imagine that you have just accepted a leadership position with Pirate Cove, an Internet retail company focused on a wide variety of pirate-themed products. The organization’s financial performance has been worsening and its market share slipping, which is why the company hired you to come in and make some changes. You have been given the authority to do whatever you need to do to improve the company’s performance.

After collecting a lot of information and speaking with a wide variety of employees, you have determined that the biggest cause of the company’s underperformance is that its culture is too complex and consensus-oriented, which makes decision making too slow. The first thing you decide to do is to change the culture. What type of culture do you want to adopt? How will you change the culture? What will you do to reinforce the changes you suggest (e.g., staffing, rewards, performance feedback)?

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