Google Organizational Structure Analysis

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1. Introduction to Organisational Structures

The Organizational Structure within a company determines the way in which an organization’s operational activities are performed. Some of the main operations defined within an organizational structure include the allocation, supervision, and coordination of how a project is to be completed. The organizational structure will determine how tasks are performed during a project and who the tasks are to be performed by. The organizational structure also states who will manage or oversee the project and the processes or protocols that will be implemented during the time frame of that particular project. The organizational structure can be seen as an outline of what branch of a company is to carry out
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Google employs a Functional Operational Structure. Google is managed from the top down and divided into different divisions by each Google product that is offered. Each separate product division is itself divided into functional units for managing project development. The structure of Google is not much different from the traditional organizational structure of most large organizations other than the fact that they have defined a few unique executive positions within the company such as Chief Internet Evangelist and Chief Culture Officer. The oversight of the company is carried out by a board of directors that passes down orders to employees through a group of executive managers. The group of executive managers monitor the operation of the Engineering, Products, Finance, Legal and Sales departments throughout the company. Each department is then divided into smaller functional units within each separate department. Although Google employs a mostly traditional Functional Organizational structure for its operations, Google allows their employees to develop new ideas without too much oversight from project managers. The way in which Google does this is by utilizing a 70/20/10 rule. The 70/20/10 rule states that their employees focus 70% of their work day to projects assigned directly by their project managers. 20% of their work day is focused on the development of new ideas or projects of their core operations and 10% of their work day is used to focus on any new ideas that they might want to develop in the future regardless of what the focus of the new ideas may be. The 70/20/10 rule is said to be the main driving force behind the development of new products and services offered by Google because it allows for the creativity of their employees to thrive. Google has adopted the scheduling of direct meetings between executives and employees to allow for the sharing of new ideas and
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