organization design and development mgt 404 5


  • The Assignment must be submitted on Blackboard (Both WORD and PDF format) via allocated folder.
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  • Students must mention question number clearly in their answer.
  • Late submission will NOT be accepted.
  • Avoid plagiarism, the work should be in your own words, copying from students or other resources without proper referencing will result in ZERO marks. No exceptions.
  • All answered must be typed using Times New Roman (size 12, double-spaced) font. No pictures containing text will be accepted and will be considered plagiarism).
  • Submissions without this cover page will NOT be accepted.
  • Please read the case study entitled as “Amazon. com’s Network Structure.” available in the textbook “Organization Development & Change” 9th edition by Cummings, T and Worley, C and answer the following questions:

Department of Business Administration

Organization Design and Development- MGT 404

Assignment 3

Marks: 10

Course Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate and analyze the organizational structure and the capability with organization’s strategies. (Lo 1.6 & 2.2)
  • Define the human, structural and strategic dimensions of the organizational development (Lo 1.5 & 3.1)
  • Be sure to use at least one scholarly, peer-reviewed reference in support of each answer and also incorporate the key concepts from the course.
  • This Assignment comprise of a Case study.
  • Assignment is to be submitted by each student individually.
  • Q.1 Explain how following a network-based structure is advantageous to Amazon in terms of conducting its business activities. Support your answer by using two examples from this case study (2.5 marks) (Lo 1.6 & 2.2)
  • Q.2 Discuss the potential challenges that could be facing Amazon as a result of following a network-based structure. Support your answer by using two examples from this case study (2.5 marks) (Lo 1.6 & 2.2)
  • Q.3 Based on comparing product-centric with customer-centric structures, explain how could empower its business partners that are seeking to centralize their organization on either one of those structures (3 marks) (Lo 1.5 & 3.1)
  • Q.4 What would you recommend as potential core processes if Amazon has decided to follow a process-based structure? Explain and justify three of those processes (2 Marks) (Lo 1.5 & 3.1)

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