Essay on Organizational Design At Microsoft

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The ongoing case study presented by Microsoft and the scrutiny of the Justice Department and Congress serves as an excellent departure point to establish the nature and premises of organizational theory and design since it allows for examination from both the viewpoint of the public and the economic aspects of the situation in which Microsoft finds itself. While issues of organizational structure and corporate policies as related to costs, revenue, profit and market structure are inherent in the study of any company or organization, it is important to recognize the unique aspects of Microsoft.
Microsoft, undeniably, has a larger presence throughout the computer software industry and the users of its many products since its
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In fact, true innovation and planning for the future requires the most fundamental concepts of business process to first undergo a critical re-evaluation before actual changes are implemented. Microsoft then faces the additional challenges associated with the courts¡¯ decisions regarding its status as a monopoly and its perceived unfair business practices.
Evaluating and designing business processes requires understanding and changing both sociological and technological systems to establish the best fit for the new millennium.
Researchers examining the issue from a broad range of perspectives have found that the business organization of the 21st century is expected to depart considerably from the traditional top-down design. (Remember, Bill Gates is no longer CEO of Microsoft but a "futurist" for the company.) To a some degree, it is exciting to realize that the organizational design of the future will reflect the realization of companies that they belong to a network or a web that includes many other players and that they must be aware of and supportive of those players. "Cooperation" has become the byword, along with "interaction," "informal," and "innovative." This model has been given a number of descriptions, including employee-empowered,

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