Subject: Plan for Apple’s organizational structural change to a matrix system.
• Apple currently applies a hierarchical organizational model.
o Researcher Meyer (2019) notes Apple possesses a hierarchical organizational structure due to its product-based divisions and a weak functional matrix.
• Apple’s hierarchical structure creates multiple departments across a single chain of command.
• Under Apple’s hierarchical model, the organization struggles with slow decision making and delayed interdepartmental responses leading to products delays.
o For instance, author Spence (2021) notes that Apple’s flagship product iPhone SE has been delayed for another year due to global supply chain distribution challenges and a shortage of raw materials.
• I believe that Apple’s hierarchical model plays a vital role in these product delays by limiting interdepartmental collaborations, advancing slow decision-making, centralizing power, and attracting bureaucracy.
• Apple’s organizational structure change to a matrix setup ensures that its departments and teams report to different heads across vertical, diagonal, and horizontal relationships.
• One of the critical benefits of the matrix structure to Apple is communication and collaboration. Researchers Schnetler et al. (2015) advance this claim noting that a matrix setup facilitates lateral organizational communication and collaboration between different units.
• Effective communication and collaboration across the departments ensure real-time exchange of information and partnership to minimize slow responses capable of causing product delays.
• Criticism due to the disruption of Apple’s traditional hierarchical model.
o One possible objection would be changing Apple’s management tradition since it is an identity the entity’s stakeholders have been used to ever since its creation.
• Criticism from a possible rise in budget expenses due to the changes.
• Researcher Karaxha (2019) observes that one could overcome resistance to organizational changes through advanced communication from management.
o In this case, communication across Apple’s stakeholders educates everyone on the importance of the proposed changes and their potential impact on the organization’s future. Such an initiative would avoid possible conflicts among Apple’s employees on those changes.
• I envision four different phases for this project plan.
o The first step involves researching other global entities that apply a matrix organization model. This step ensures I learn and draw valuable insights from such entities to create a comprehensive report.
o The second step is interviewing department heads within Apple’s hierarchy. Such a measure ensures I consider internal factors that describe Apple’s internal structure across my proposals.
o I shall compile the results collected for analysis.
o Lastly, I shall create a summary of findings to present to you and other leaders from Apple.
Resources and Budget
• Access to an online library database.
o To access scholarly publications that expand on different organizational structures.
• Direct contact with Apple’s representatives
o Physically or via online tools such as Gmail and Zoom.
• Access to Apple’s published financial statements and reports.
o This initiative ensures I gather documents that offer an objective reality on Apple’s current management model.
• Total funding of about $10,000 is needed.
Online library databases $1000
Communication and contact with Apple $5000
Published financial statements and published reports $3000
Total Minimum $10,000
I propose that Apple restructures its management model from its hierarchical structure to a matrix system. Apple’s shift to a matrix model maximizes cooperation, communication, accountability, and teamwork within its departments. High levels of Apple’s interdepartmental coordination shield it from possible challenges that advance constant product delays.
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