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Buckman laboratories Knowledge and information technology Buckman laboratories is a small privately owned company The company itself is a laboratory which manufactures more than 1000 specialty chemicals It is a fast growing company It has grown from 50 gallon reactor in the basement of a small house to a world wide company serving industry in over 80 different countries with 1200employees and an annual revenue of 300 mill The CEO of the company Bob Buckman transformed the company from an old pyramidal bureaucratic command-and-control structure to a structure in which everyone in the organization has complete access to information and in which no one told employees what to do all the time While transforming the company Buckman took consideration of various factors such as organization design organization structure technology etc As a result Buckman was able to stay global efficient and effective However transforming the company into a structure in which everyone would have complete access to information and where no one would be telling employees always what to do was not an easy task Before the change the company was based on an old pyramidal structure which was bureaucratic and command- and-control For the change to occur Buckman radically changed the six key elements of organizational design Work specialization passed from high work specialization to a lower one thus allowing the increase in the sharing of knowledge between employees This also makes employees more satisfied with their job and strengthened the relationship between themselves in accomplishing a common goal Because of the fast changing environment due to increase in competition caused by globalization the company must strengthen its geographic departmentalization This is vital for the company because by doing this it will strengthen its knowledge of the local realities thus creating products more adapt to those realities Process departmentalization instead should remain strong due to the many different products sold by the company It is important that each product be treated as a
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