How a Company is Organized
- What organizational structure does the company use and how effective is it for a company of this type and size? (Refer to issues such as departmentalization, degree of centralization, authority structures, etc.).
- What elements in their environment/industry affect their structure?
- Do they subscribe to a particular organizational design?
- How do they organize people, projects and processes?
In your analysis think about whether their organizational elements support their objectives and industry.
Searching for information: Go to the Research section of this guide for places to start your research and tips for using library databases
Reviewing annual reports (not just the current one) can give you a flavour of how companies wish to control how they are perceived. It also illustrates how they perform.
Hoover's Company Records
What departments does the company have? Look for things such as: how many executives do they have, and what do they do? What is the relationship between management and the board of directors? Does the structure seem flat or hierarchical?
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