Essay about Organizational Strategies for Growth

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Final Project: Organizational Strategies for Growth
Tamara Mobley


Dr. Langford
Capella University
June 18, 2010

Abstract Today, many organizations struggle with implementing realistic strategies for growth. More than ever leaders are faced with developing and implementing strategic plans that promote organizational effectiveness while addressing potential threats. Through research I have discovered that there are several approaches or perspectives that leaders can take when developing organizational strategies for growth. According to Porter, (1996) in regard to strategy organizations “Must be flexible to respond rapidly to competitive
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The allocation of resources is also another way upper echelon leaders have significant impact to an organization (Schein, 2004). These leaders are the top decision makers on the allocation of resources (i.e., human, technology, money, etc.) to both individuals and organizational units (Nahavandi, 2006). While rewarding employees encourages specific “behaviors and decisions" that fall in line with the culture of the organization, leaders who act as role models and enact standards for decision making have a greater impact to the organization. For example, an upper echelon leader may ask their top sales managers to develop a strategic sales plan that will accomplish the goals and objectives of the organization. Although, he does not dictate how they accomplish those objectives, he can be assured they will accomplish the desired outcome by setting decision making standards and clear guidelines. By utilizing these processes, upper echelon leaders essentially create a mirror image of their own personal style, values, preferences and experience. In addition to the ability for leaders to affect the vision, mission and strategy of an organization, upper echelon leaders have a direct relationship with management, which plays a vital role in restructuring strategies, dictating decision making and setting the climate or structure of the organization. For example, a CEO may want to push the development of a new product, so the CEO may dedicate a large

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