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ASDA is a hierarchical structure because it has a lot of layers and also a lot of people reporting into more than one person before that information get to the boss. What is a Hierarchical structure? A hierarchical structure has many levels. Each level is controlled by one person. A hierarchical company tends to be a very big company just like ASDA is. In a hierarchical instructions are generally passed down from one person to another until it gets to the bottom of the hierarchical structure. If there was a problem in a hierarchical structure it would move up through the structure again from one person to another until it gets to where it is supported to be. Strengths of a Hierarchical structure In a hierarchical structure there is a close control of workers. Workers in ASDA will know exactly what they have to do so they don't wait around until they are told what they have to do. There is a small span of control. A span of control is when an amount of people report to one person. Also there is a better chance for promotion. Weaknesses of a Hierarchical structure In a hierarchical structure information is slow moving. There may be poor communication between departments. Also workers may not feel involved in the business and they may not feel motivated to work. ...read more.


Staff may be divided in loyalties because they wouldn't which job is most important. There may be a power struggle if everybody wanted to be the leader of the group. The type of communication used in a Matrix structure In a matrix structure the type of communication used will be verbal communication. It will be verbal communication because everyone is more likely to be in the same room if they are working as a team. Any problems in communication and how I can solve it The problem with a matrix structure is that: you might forget what was said. Possible solution: If you might forget what was said then while the meeting is going on everyone should write what is been said so that no one forgets. The factors a company might consider in choosing an organisational structure Size of the organisation If a business only had one person in charge then it is more likely to be a flat structure. If the company has more people in it then it will be hierarchical. Even though a business can be a flat or hierarchical structure they can sometimes be matrix temporarily. For example, if the company was inventing a new product they will get a group of people to do this. There will be one person from each functional area. Leadership style If it's a hierarchical company then everybody would know who is in charge. Everybody will have to work for another person in the company. ...read more.


They will also have the work done to a high quality if they only have the best. Castell will have a different range of skills working together so they will be able to tackle a problem faster. Also if someone is lower down the organisational chart then they will be able to move higher up the chart while the matrix is been used. Disadvantages for Castell: There may be a struggle of power in the matrix because one person may want to be the leader of the group. This is not going to help Castell because they will be arguing and not getting any work done. If extra help is needed to help run the project then it will cost Castell a lot more money. Loyalties may be divided because the employees may not know which job is most important. How these might affect the company in meeting its aims and objectives: Since Castell is using a matrix to get what they need done then communication will be easy because everyone will be in the same room. When they have meeting to discuss what they need done it easy because they wouldn't have to go to one person each and tell them what they need done. If communication was poor then the work will be slow in getting done. Castell wouldn't be able to achieve their aims and objective reached. Castell wouldn't be able to win Le Mans by 2004 if they didn't work together as a team. Marian Roberts DRH Task 4 ...read more.

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