The more highly differentiated a company and the greater the market turbulence to which it is subjected and the greater the economies of scale it has achieved, the more difficult yet crucial it is to integrate all its parts coherently, respond fast to market waves and dips, and to manufacture as flexibly and economically as possible. - Charles Hampden-Turner.
The following is a list of mutually exclusive alternatives which, when I find the time, I intend to address the integration of each of.
- individual excellence/organizational performance
- low cost/value
- mass mkt/niche/mkt
- portfolio mgmt/cash cows, stars, dogs, ?
- technical/social - Emery & Trist -> sociotechnical
- response rate/turbulence
- economies of scale/product variety
- centralized/decentralized -> distributed
- expand/fixed capacity
- expansion rate/capacity expansion
- strained workload/budgetary constraints
- profit goals/expand capacity
- expand business/expand profits
- short term/long term
- control outcomes/include people
- incremental improvement/system-wide focus (innovation/creativity)
- personal advancement/organizational advancement
- The Limiting Belief of Either/Or
- Hampden-Turner, Charles (1990) Charting the Corporate Mind: Graphic Solutions to Business Conflicts. The Free Press. London
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