MGT 330 Week 4 Assignment Organization Paper - Copy
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Organization 1 The Organizing Function of Management Test Laboratory Sikorsky Aircraft Organization 2 xxxx MGT 330 2212009 Sikorsky Aircraft is an aerospace company founded in 1925 by Kiev born engineer and American immigrant Igor Sikorsky Today Sikorsky Aircraft produces several models of rotary aircraft that fill commercial and military roles both stateside and globally Additionally the United States Presidential Transport Program contract currently belongs to Sikorsky Aircraft Mr Igor Sikorsky founded a company that is now one of the leaders in helicopter design and development Sikorsky aircraft now owns several subsidiaries including but not limited to Helicopter Support Inc which handles after market support and Schweizer Aircraft Corporation which produces small helicopters light planes gliders and UAVs Speaking in terms of vertical structure Sikorsky Aircraft is a robust organization that is composed of several integrated departments and sub departments which lead up through several layers of delegation At the top of the hierarchy is of course a CEO a board of directors and shareholders Horizontally Sikorsky Aircraft is somewhat of a quothybridquot organization in that it is divisional yet not every department has its own marketing sub division for example Sikorsky Aircraft is composed of several departments because there are many facets that make up the helicopter production business Take for example the internal paint shop This area in some ways operates as its own entity The paint shop has its own chain of management its own schedule its own costs metrics The paint shop handles painting aircraft from several different programs within Sikorsky Aircraft of which also operate as separate entities with their own operations engineering teams etc Sales marketing and human resources are central departments so for example the quotS76 Commercial Aircraft programquot does not have its own separate sales department Organization 3 The Test Laboratory located within Sikorsky Aircraft is a unique organization The Test Lab facilitates critical ight safety stress and electrical testing on all current ight programs as well as developmental programs For example techs and engineers perform stress tests on aircraft components using hydraulic fixtures These tests are conducted to determine the estimated amount of wear and tear the specific aircraft components can handle before critical failure occurs Additionally the labs utilize on and off site storage for test fixtures test equipment kits and tooling At the highest level the Test Lab would appear as a functional organization with a general manager that answers to upper management and some lower level managers with differing responsibilities below him Physical assets are the core of the Test Lab39s functionality In turn most of the lab39s processes would be impossible to complete without such assets Some of the material and all of the test subjects that end up passing through or being stored within the Test Labs are government owned or are under the jurisdiction of another department However the test lab owns a large amount of equipment or physical assets that are used to facilitate tests take measurements and compile data The importance of these assets is well recognized within the organization therefore the responsibility of managing these assets is delegated to a specific manager and subsequently to a team of associates This team works to inventory store request and track the Test Lab39s physical assets using electronic and quothands onquot techniques This operation is very much decentralized in that the associates actively make decisions on their own while the manager issues status updates via email and team meetings In this particular case the manager delegates by setting goals and providing resources but because the operation is quite tasking he must rely on his subordinates to make decisions on his behalf This is an effective means of managing the department39s physical assets This is a fine example of how delegation travels Organization 4 downward through an organizational structure yet inevitably it is up to a team of associates to ensure success The Sikorsky Aircraft Test Laboratory faces many of the Monetary issues that divisional organizations face regularly All of the organization39s functions must operate within both cost and time restraints Project budgets are granted to the department through government or company sourced channels If a test must meet a time constraint of quotAquot and a budget constraint of quotBquot it falls onto the shoulders of the general manager and his team of sub managers to make sure operations are not only successful but also remain within such constraints It has been said that quota structure with fewer horizontal layers saves time and money Thomas S Bateman 2009quot The Sikorsky Aircraft Test Lab has only one general manager and three frontline managers The general manager sees a snapshot of his organizational cost structure while the three frontline managers monitor the cost and schedule of their individual processes Here we have an organizational structure that would appear to be quite at and in fact quotMost executives today believe that fewer layers create a more efficient fastacting and costeffective organization This also holds true for the subunits of major corporations A study of 234 branches of a financial services company found that branches with fewer layers tended to have higher operating efficiency than did branches with more layers Thomas S Bateman 2009quot Streamlined processes efficient delegation and a generally at hierarchy allows the Sikorsky Aircraft Test Laboratory to remain a pivotal example in favorable organizational structure Thus it continues to operate ahead of schedule and within budget constraints The test lab acts a gate for which major structural and electrical aircraft components must pass in order for them to be considered safe for the customer The Test Lab also measures the viability of Organization 5 multimillion and even multibillion dollar developments For these reasons alone it is imperative for Sikorsky Aircraft39s Test Laboratory to remain organizationally sound Bibliography Sikorsky Aircraft Main Site 2010 Retrieved Feburary 22 2010 from Sikorslq Aircraft httpwwwsikorslqLomvgnexttemplatingSIKvindexjsp vgnextoid162f45d57ef68110VgnVCM1000001382000aRCRD Thomas S Bateman S A 2009 Management Leading amp Collaborating in a Competitive World Eight Edition McGrawHill
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