Organizational Structure: The Organizational Structure Of Walmart

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Organizational Structure of Walmart Unlike previous centuries, the last century is characterized by rapid cultural change and technological development. This rapid pace of change has created an ever changing environment, which constantly creates environmental pressures that organizations must identify and adapt to, or run the risk of no longer being relevant to today’s consumers. Recent business history is littered with once thriving businesses that used to be household names that have gone the way of the dinosaurs. Companies such as Woolworth’s, Kiddie City, and Wanamaker’s, were once powerful regional retailers that were not able to able to adapt their vision and organizational structure to meet the pressures of the changing general …show more content…
456). In functional organizational structures, employees are organized by the task or job they perform (Nahavandi et al., 2015). In the product/divisional structure, employees are grouped together by either the product they work on or by geographical region (Nahavandi et al., 2015). The hybrid structure is a combination of the functional and product structures (Nahavandi et al., 2015). Matrix structures, evolved in response to the inadequacies of the other other structure types and customer demands. Walmart’s organizational structure falls within the product/divisional structure. Associates are organized by division and by geographic region. Within the United States, associates are organized into four major divisions: Walmart large format stores, Neighborhood Market and small format stores, Logistics and Dot.com services. These divisions, with the exception of Dot.com are further divided into geographic …show more content…
3). Furthermore, this common corporate culture serves “as a bridge between diverse subcultures of a multinational corporation’s units” (Rozkwitalska, 2013, p. 68). Creating this common corporate culture across the multinational business has enabled the company to “enable itself …to attain its long-term goals and objectives” (Dartey-Baah,

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