1a. Compare and contrast the different organizational structures and culture favored by Swedish and Americans.
Exhibit 1: Sweden. Org. Structure
Organizational structure of IKEA Sweden is function structure, functions are carried out in a similar way, some functions such as such as research and development are centralised in Sweden. Other functions such as human resources, finance and store construction also span ...view middle of the document...
Franchisees have to carry basic items, but have the freedom to design the rest of the products, so IKEA America also is franchise of IKEA, they have many different products and many retailers, and every product is produced according to the different product lines, so to the product get standards and meet customer needs and manage its operations effectively, IKEA America have applied the product structure, aimed at division of tasks for the departments following each product line, thereby they can easily control and manage of the product line more closely in every department from production, distribution to sales.
IKEA Swedish think the company's culture can help them link with the staff and between staff leadership to staff, in order to have responsibility and spirit in work process. From which, they form the principles of organization "foundation of our activities helps us keep the spirit and vitality of the early and create a feeling of belonging to a large international organization”.
Managers ready explains and share with new employees what they need to do and how to do it, or discuss and offer solutions to issues of risk in the company with staffs, although waste so much time to accomplish this by their experiences. But main aims of managers to help employees work the right way and more efficiently.
In addition, the IKEA culture is enabling employees to understand, sympathize and support each other in their work. Every individual thing has its own authority, and they can express their ideas, and should feel responsible for improving the way thing is done.
Contrast with cultures of IKEA Sweden, IKEA America has a lot of difference: such as norm, value, task and belief of American with IKEA.
Employees of IKEA in the USA, they need to know the person in charge of their work clearly and they have tend to learn an expertise without experiencing risk, do their jobs adequately but are not over-ambitious.
American workers do not want to accept the written procedures and principles outlined not clearly, such as understand all the work to be done in a particular way by manager, they just need to know who is responsible for decisions in the company.
Summary, organizational culture of IKEA Sweden and the United States that aims to help improve staff qualifications and work more effectively.
1b. Analyze the relationship between IKEA’s structure and culture and the effects on business performance
The relationship between IKEA’s structure and culture: organizational culture and organizational structure are the two things necessary to the establishment and development company, these two factors the nature of support each other in the process of running the company, culture is norm, values and beliefs of the company to employees and vice versa, the structure helps the company controls, coordinates, and motivates employees so that they cooperate and work together to achieve an...