The world is filled with many interesting businesses across many different industries. Some of the challenges that businesses are presented with are the same no matter what industry they are part of. Every company has a structure, culture, and leadership style. With this a unique set of politics is developed. When all of these things are put together, they resemble a pot of stew all cooking. They are related and dependent upon one another for the final product. They are the overall taste and flavor of the company. In some cases this may all work very well for a company. Yet in other cases, it may work against the company. One particular company is Good Sport.
Good Sport Brief History
Good Sport was founded fifteen years ago by ex-basketball player Jason Poole and is based in Florida. The company was easy to kick off due to Poole’s sports fame. The company manufactures fitness equipment such as rowing machines, stair climbers, stationary bikes and treadmills. During the past four years Marvin Wallace, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has made the company’s business standing stronger. He focused on investments, sales performance, production, and research and development (R&D). Through these areas, he has helped the company move forward and expand into new consumer markets such as hospitals and into Florida’s neighboring states.
The Organizational Structure of Good Sport
The organizational structure of Good Sport is that of any corporation. “Organizational structure refers to the division of labor as well as the patterns of coordination, communication, work flow, and formal power that direct organizational activities” (McShane & Von Glinow, 2004, Chap. 15, p. 2). It contains the traditional organizational chart. It has a CEO that manages four platform teams that consist of a Vice President, a Senior Manager and a Team Manager. Platform teams “are project teams consisting of people from marketing, design, manufacturing, customer...