Strategy Implementation: How Strategy Works By George H. Tompson

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Upon reading the chapter, titled Strategy Implementation from the book “How Strategy Works”, written by George H. Tompson, I did not have extensive knowledge of the different aspects of organizational structure and corporate culture. Dr. Tompson’s, approach towards illustrating and explaining the in-depth analysis of organizational and corporate culture made the writing very easy to understand and relate to. Dr. Tompson’s use of a separate introduction that clearly explains what the audience is going to learn allows readers to know what to expect. The learning objectives to: 1) Distinguish the strengths and weaknesses of different organizational structures and; 2) Understand the role of corporate culture in strategy implementation, provide a broad overview of the topics that are going to be discussed. The opening vignette offers a real world example of a company that has mastered organizational structure and corporate culture.…show more content…
Tompson introduces the second learning objective—the importance of corporate culture. It’s interesting how he states that “structure is the formal approach to implementing strategy,” and how “corporate culture is the informal approach.” I have never looked at strategy in such a way but it makes a lot of sense. Since structure is the formalized way of strategy, knowledge is written out and known, but culture differs in a sense because culture is passed down from senior employees to employees. Culture is experienced. Culture is lived. “Culture is to a group what personality is to an individual.” Two features of corporate culture include the intensity of the culture and the integration of the culture. For example, Starbucks has a very intense corporate culture. There is a strong unity that binds the employees together in what they stand for. Google, Virgin, and Apple all also have very intense corporate
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