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International Organizational Structures and Design

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

After going through this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Understand the evolution of organizational structures for a globalizing firm

  • Enumerate the basic characteristics of a global product structure, a global area structure, a matrix structure, and a transnational network structure

  • List the determinants of a firm's choice of organizational structure

Olam's Matrix Organization

Olam International, a global supply chain of agricultural products and food ingredients, is a highly diversified organization spread across 60 countries, 20 products, and 10 functions. The highly coordinated, cross-functional and high-performance organization is organized as a matrix structure, ...

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