Some Problems Choosing a Global Organizational Structure

Stopford, John M.
August 1971
Academy of Management Proceedings (00650668);1971, p125
Conference Proceeding
Dealing effectively with these four sets of problems can have a pronounced influence on the success or failure of any reorganization. Indeed, even when the economic case for reorganization is irresistibly strong, poor judgment in terms of timing or of dealing with the people involved can cause Failure. There is nothing particularly new or surprising about this conclusion. Yet proponents of change all too often omit these problems and others like them from their analyses. Because judgment is needed to resolve the problems, the decision processes evade quantitative definition. Furthermore, criteria for making the necessary decisions are notoriously elusive. Many analysts behave as though it were better to ignore these problems and avoid the difficult issues. Nevertheless, when asked for general rules, they cannot respond: 'it all depends' is the standard disclaimer. But until the dependencies are spelled out explicitly the disclaimer remains vague, meaningless, and probably a cover for poor and incomplete analysis.


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