Case Study 1 Rondell Data Corporation
Sesha Sai Samudrala- 547494
Rondell Data Corporation was first established in 1939 by Bob Rondell . This was first a company that manufactured several electrical testing devices and later went on to manufacture radio broadcasting equipment (1947) and some data transmission equipment (1960).
1. Describe the management style at Rondell Data Corporation:
As Rondell Data Corp. was mainly into manufacturing electrical devices it had to make sure all the units ran smoothly. The following are the units which had to be managed in well for the exact outcome of the products.
àProduction: Team that is involved in producing the electrical goods and make sure they get all their required material on time.
àSales, research: This is the team which has to market the product and make sure all are in stock here. These guys should be getting the inputs form the production team regarding the dates and amount of goods getting manufactured.
à Engineering service: These guys take the inputs form the Sales and R&D team and make sure they make the necessary changes in the design so that the product is successful in the market.
à The Control department (contains accounting, purchasing, and materials control: This department makes sure if all the necessary goods are in the right amount and they also look after the auditing here.
If we see here all the above mentioned groups must and should coordinately work and make sure they deliver goods on time. This was the way themanagement style on how the Rondell data Corp worked. Though the decisions were taken more from the Board of directors these department must and should work as a team and deliver the desired outcome.
2. Would you classify Rondell Data Corporation as a mechanistic or organic design?
I would like to classify the Rondell data Corp. as both Mechanistic and Organic Design.
Mechanistic Design is something were “”The organization is hierarchical and bureaucratic” (e.d, blog.ordoro.com). The decisions are taken at a higher level.
Organic Design is something where there is Joint Specialization Employees work together and coordinates tasks.
Right at Rondell I see that it is inspired from both the designs here because when the 802 designed failed and came back to the engineering team, this means there was no coordination between the teams during the analysis an build that particular device. Also we can see that Hunt was involved in all important decisions between himself and key functional managers making the decisions one sided. Rondell used the informal more than the formal organization to coordinate activities, and that caused conflict among groups.
Hence we can say that Rondell followed both Mechanistic and Organic design here based from the inferences in the case study .
3. What challenges does Rondell face?
· There was no team building and coordination among them
· The constant finger pointing of different peoplele in different organizations
· Lacked an environment of team participation and decision making.
· Decentralization of authority to the functional managers.
Some of the things Rondell can put in place to be more organizational would be set up a Product development committees, set up test and learn sessions , improve the communications among the teams , Cross functional knowledge sessions. They might also want to consider the option where they document all their work and put in for any future references. People from the R&D department assigned responsibility for coaching each team and transferring knowledge to each team. Also conduct workshops among employess and know their valuable feedback. Also may be conduct an all day workshops to take the feed backs form the end users as well so that the requirements can be noted and implemented in their next releases.
Draft, R. L. (2016). Organization theory and design 12th edition. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
(2012 July 15 ) Mechanistic Organization vs. Organic Organization Retrieved from https://blog.ordoro.com/2012/07/15/mechanistic-organization/