Departmentation

Introduction
What is Departmentation? 

Process of dividing activities into units & subunits 

Not only confined to term departments but it includes divisions, sections & job also

ommon Bases For Departmentation 
  

Knowledge & skills-People are grouped by what they know Work process-Workers are grouped based on the process or activity used by the worker Business Function-Grouping by the basic function in organization Time- When work is done, for example: shifts in a factory or hotel or hospital

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Output-Grouping based on the products or services that the employee works on Client-Grouping based on the type of clients their work is ultimately sold to Places-Groups are based on the geographical areas that they serve

Need for Departmentation   

Specialization- Departmentation should reflect the specialization in performing work Coordination- Best results achieved when activities are performed in coordination Control-Process of analyzing whether intended results are being achieved.

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Economy-Balance should be maintained b/w cost of creating a department & its contributions Local conditions-More important for organizations operated in different geographical areas Human considerations- Human factor plays an important role

Major Benefits of Departmentations 
   

Specialisation Administrative control Fixations of responsibilities Freedom or autonomy Development of managers

Disadvantages 
    

De-emphasis of overall company¶s objectives Reduces coordination b/w functions Responsibility for profits is at the top only Slow adaptation to change in environment Limits development of general managers Overspecializes & narrow viewpoint of key personnel

Ideal Principles of Departmentation  

  

Principle of attainment of enterprise objectives Principle of comprehensive department Principle of inter-departmental co-operation Principle of promotion of specialization Principle of cost benefit analysis

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Principle of top-management control Principle of flexibility Principle of better utilization of resources Principle of human consideration Principle of special attention to key-results areas Principle of autonomous feeling of departmental heads

Types of Departmentation
Functional Departmentation:- Grouping of departments is done on the basis of functions such as production, finance, marketing sales purchase & personnel  Further sub division of functions may be formed like marketing can be divided into advertisement sales & after sales

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CEO

PRODUCTION

FINANCE

MARKETING

PERSONAL

ADVERTISEMENT

SALES

MARKET RESEARCH

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Functions divided into 2 parts:Basic functions- Production Marketing finance & personnel Secondary functions-Further parts of basic functions like production- production planning , R&D, quality control & marketing handling 

Advantages & Disadvantages of Function
Advantages:  Advantage of specialization  Easy control over functions  Pinpointing training needs of manager  Very simple process of grouping activities Disadvantages:  Lack of responsibility for the end of result

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It leads to increase conflicts & coordination problem among departments Overspecialization or lack of general management

Types of Departmentation
Products Departmentation:- Grouping of activities & departments formed are given name on the basis of products manufactured in an organization  Applied where there is a large range of products are manufactured  Applied where there are several product lines & functional departments fails

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CEO

HEAD TV DIVISION

HEAD AC & REFIGRATION

HEAD COMPUTER

Advantages & disadvantages of Products
Advantages:  Ensures better consumer services.  Unprofitable products may be easily determined  Assist in development of all around managerial talent  Makes control effective

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Disadvantages:  Expensive as duplication of service functions occurs in various product divisions  Customers & dealers have to deal with different persons for complaints & information of different products

Types of Departmentation   

Territories Departmentation: Geographical regions are adopted for main division as well as for subdivision purposes Territorial departmentation are adopted when organizations activities are physically dispersed in different locations Useful where business is on international & national level

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CEO

HEAD NORTH ZONE

HEAD EAST ZONE

HEAD WEST ZONE

HEAD SOUTH ZONE

Advantages & Disadvantages of Territorial
Advantages:  Cater to meet the needs of local people more satisfactorily  It facilitates the effective control  Assists in development of all- round managerial skills

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Disadvantages:  Communication problem b/w head office & regional office due to lack of communication at some places  Coordination b/w various divisions may become difficult  It leads to duplication of activities which may cost higher

Types of Departmentation   

Customers Departmentation: When departments are made to cater different kind of customers Widely followed in subdividing activities of the marketing department Helps in supplying good in accordance with the peculiar needs of customer

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HEAD MARKETING

HEAD WHOLSALE

HEAD RETAIL

HEAD EXPORT

Advantages & Disadvantages of Customer
Advantages:  It focused on customers who are ultimate suppliers of money  Better service to customer having different needs & tastes  Development in general managerial skills

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Disadvantages:  Sales being the exclusive field of its applications , coordination may appear difficult b/w sales function & other enterprise functions  Specialized sales staff may become idle with the downward movement of sales to any specified group of customers

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