One of Whole Foods’ core operating principles is that all work is teamwork. Thus, each store is organized into roughly eight self-managed teams, each with a designated team leader. The leaders in each store also operate as a team, as do the store leaders in each region. Additionally, the directors of the company’s 11 regions operate as a team.
Whole Foods believes in “radical decentralizing.” At the individual-store level, compensation is tied to team rather than individual performance, and performance measurements and individual pay schedules are open to all. Whole Foods employees are given both the freedom to do the right thing for customers and the incentive to do the right thing for profits. The financial results of this business model are that Whole Foods is the most profitable food retailer in the United States.
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In your initial post, answer the following questions (6 points):
1. Why do you think a horizontal design would be better in a retail business?
2. Discuss the advantages of an organization having two CEO’s.
3. Discuss how Whole Foods’ organizational structure likely allows the firm to stay abreast of trends in the grocery industry.
4. Do you think the last step of the hiring process is fair? Why or why not is this a good idea? How does it help or hinder the company culture?
Prepare two (2) replies to classmates. In your replies, include the following (2 points each):
1. Argue the disadvantages of having two CEO’s, based on the advantages the person you are replying to cited.
2. Argue opposite of the person you are replying to on the fairness of the hiring process; why or why not it is a good idea; and how it helps or hinders the company culture. Base your answers on the answer they supplied in their initial post.