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31) IBM puts investments, people, and work anywhere in the world based on the best mix of costs, skills, and environment and uses sophisticated strategies and technologies to support and coordinate activities. IBM most likely uses a ________ structure.
32) Neoclassical structures aim to support organizations ________.
A) in which the location of control in a network alliance is evident
B) that centralize decision-making authority to those who can make informed decisions
C) that dismantle horizontal, vertical, or external boundaries that block ideas and relationships
D) that create predictable workplaces with minimal collaboration among subsidiaries
33) Which of the following is the LEAST likely characteristic of neoclassical structures?
A) few barriers between people
B) extensive collaborative efforts
C) higher capacity for change and learning
D) centralized decision making
34) The neoclassical structure implemented by Cisco primarily enables the firm to ________.
A) respond quickly to new opportunities
B) thoroughly assess new competitors
C) assign leaders to new products
D) clarify managers' duties
35) Vertical and horizontal constraints that segment employees and their tasks within an organization are best known as ________.
36) Neoclassical structures attempt to minimize boundaries between all of the following EXCEPT ________.
A) vertical ranks and functions
B) horizontal units in different areas
C) the firm and its suppliers
D) the firm and its competitors
37) Which of the following is promoted by a neoclassical structure?
A) innovation of ideas
B) information control
C) project competition
D) minimal relationships
38) Which of the following is the most likely benefit of a network structure?
A) encouraging competition among members for resources
B) facilitating supplier changes anywhere in the value chain
C) developing core competencies in a broad range of value activities
D) maintaining a strong sense of organization in the face of dynamic partnerships
39) A Japanese keiretsu is best described as a ________.
A) family business
B) product division
C) network structure
D) centralized control system
40) A virtual organization is ________ of a traditional vertical hierarchy.
A) an elaboration
B) the antithesis
C) the latest interpretation
D) a selective application