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Why Do We Need A Flexible Corporate Structure In The Workplace?


Corporate structure can be reshaped by executives when they develop knowledge sharing and inspire employees to create new ideas for a better environment among business-units and departments. The informal structure could facilitate new idea generation to build a more innovative climate within organizations. Executives can implement organizational changes that develop better collaboration among subordinates and managers.

Centralized versus decentralized decision making is also a topic that executives must deal with. Scholars found that more emphasis on formalized and mechanistic structures can negatively impact the executive’s ability to exert such changes. On the contrary, a more decentralized and flexible structure may improve departmental and managerial interactions. The mechanical or centralization at the commanding level of leadership impairs the opportunity to develop relationships among managers, business units, and departments.

Executives can reshape corporate structure to be more effective when the command center of organizations can disseminate information in a decentralized and organic way as opposed to the mechanical and centralized command center. Decentralized structures shift the power of decision-making to the lower levels and subsequently inspire organizational members to create new ideas and even implement them while centralized structures may negatively impact interdepartmental communications and inhibit knowledge exchange. Recent research in this area affirms that there is a negative impact of centralization on various knowledge management processes such as knowledge acquiring, creating, and sharing among both managers and departmental units. On the contrary, a more decentralized and flexible structure may enable executives in improving departmental and managerial interactions that can lead to identifying the best opportunities for investment that potentially leads to improve knowledge utilization processes for companies. Ergo, executives can positively contribute to organizational knowledge management by building more decentralized structures within organizations. Furthermore, Knowledge management can improve sales through increased customer satisfaction, learning opportunities, and innovation. Therefore, if the corporate structure is not completely in favor of supporting knowledge management, executives cannot effectively manage organizational knowledge to improve sales, and organizations may become obsolete or taken over.

It is also evident that networking with external business partners, as a function of knowledge management, increases sales and profitability, thereby providing directions for executives to develop a more effective vision incorporating various concerns and values of external business partners. Networking with other companies also contributes to the effectiveness of learning, which in turn enables executives by empowering human resource and creating new knowledge and solutions. Accordingly, flexible structures can indirectly affect sales and profitability through propelling knowledge management activities that can play a crucial role in enhancing the quality of products and services.

In conclusion, sales and profitability can be, therefore, enhanced when executives reshape corporate structure to develop a more flexible corporate structure that provides open access to knowledge and information. I simply extended the current literature by showing how executives can contribute to organizational outcomes by reshaping corporate structure to propel knowledge management processes within companies.

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