Week 7 Written Assignment – Org Behavior

Read the MERRITT’S BAKERY case study at the end of Chapter 13 of our text.

Answer the following questions in a 3-4 page (not counting cover page and references), APA formatted document and place in the drop box by the end of the week. Please insure you apply critical thinking and draw from your personal and professional experiences when answering the questions.

1. How have the division and coordination of labor evolved at Merritt’s Bakery from its beginnings to today?

2. Describe how span of control, centralization, and formalization have changed at Merritt’s Bakery over the years. Is the company’s organizational structure today more mechanistic or organic? Are these three organizational structure elements well-suited to the company in their current form? Why or why not?

3. What form of departmentalization currently exists at Merritt’s Bakery? Would you recommend this form of departmentalization to this company? Why or why not?


McShane, S. L., & Von Glinow, M. A. (2015). Organizational Behavior (7th ed ). New

York: McGraw-Hill.

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