chapter at a glance
Organizations use strategy, technology, and design options to respond to opportunities and challenges in their competitive landscapes. Here's what to look for in Chapter 17. Don't forget to check your learning with the Summary Questions & Answers and Self-Test in the end-of-chapter Study Guide.
WHY ARE STRATEGY AND ORGANIZATIONAL LEARNING IMPORTANT?
Linking Strategy and Organizational Learning
HOW DOES STRATEGY INFLUENCE ORGANIZATIONAL DESIGN?
Organizational Design and Strategic Decisions
Organizational Design and Co-Evolution
Organizational Design and Growth
HOW DOES TECHNOLOGY INFLUENCE ORGANIZATIONAL DESIGN?
Operations Technology and Organizational Design
Adhocracy as a Design Option for Innovation and Learning
HOW DOES THE ENVIRONMENT INFLUENCE ORGANIZATIONAL DESIGN?
Organizational Networks and Alliances
Costco pursues a low-cost strategy in order to effectively compete. According to its CEO Jim Sinegal, "Costco is able to offer lower prices and better values by eliminating virtually all the frills and costs historically associated with conventional wholesalers and retailers, including salespeople, fancy buildings, delivery, billing and accounts receivable. We run a tight operation with extremely low overhead which enables us to pass on dramatic savings to our members."
Costco is the fifth largest retailer in the United States with some ...