Organizational Design and Collaboaration

Week 3 DQ #1-What strategies
have been used to promote collaboration at your workplace or a company with
which you are familiar? Have these strategies been successful or unsuccessful?
Explain. Would you recommend implementing other strategies to promote
collaboration? If so, what would those be?

Strategies that
I am familiar with our collaborations with bigger organizations to achieve goals
and bring in revenue. As an example, when Hurricane Sandy deviated the east
coast of Long Island and New York City, Lost Weekend NYC teamed up with the
Non-Profit Waves for Water to help Hurricane Victims and Families recover.
Everyone chipped in, this went as far cleaning up debris from houses that were
destroyed, to donations of food, blankets, water, etc. The decision to help
other organizations in our same field has occurred as well. We worked with
Brooklyn Surfer when they had events and parties at Far Rockaway during last
summer. This in my mind is a great example of centralization, “the degree to
which decision making takes place at the upper levels of the organization”
(Robbins and Coulter 10-6). These strategies this year has been rather
successful teaming up with fellow companies in the business during the summer
months we brought in revenues, got our name out there, and ultimately created a
name for ourselves to the culture that was created by the beach atmosphere. I
would recommend promoting other strategies to promote coloration which I brought
up at the company holiday party. I like things organized, numbers well
documented in spreadsheets, going out of our way so people and guests having a
great time at our events and functions. In my mind this are all elements of
organizational design. “A process that involves decisions about six elements:
work specialization, departmentalization, chain of command, span of control,
centralization and decentralization, and formalization” (Robbins and Coulter
10-1). Discussing these elements and how we can grow as a business was defitenly
interesting this past Saturday.

Robbins, S. P., &
Coulter, M. (2012). Management (11th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ:
Prentice Hall.

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