MAKING FURTHER REDUCTIONS IN THE SIZE OF NDHQ: AN ALTERNATIVE TO EXTENDING THE FUNCTIONAL REVIEW

Authors
  1. Douglas, A.J.
Corporate Authors
Operational Research and Analysis Establishment, Ottawa ONT (CAN) Directorate of Mathematics and Statistics
Abstract
NDHQ has recently undergone a functional review in which its hierarchical structure was used to rank functions, proceedings from the bottom up, with the objective of cutting functions to reduce size. This research note shows how such a process can oblige senior managers to take decisions beyond their information horizons. Since the logical requirements of the process cannot then be met, it turns into a process of risk-averse bargaining, leading to proportionally equal cuts. A requirement for further cuts appears likely. The research note recognizes that a bargaining process will again occur and suggests that it proceed on a different basis. NDHQ now functions as a replicated line organization, with considerable redundancy. This redundancy confers benefits in timely response and in duplication as a means of protection against errors; it entails costs in personnel. TRUNCATED
Report Number
ORAE-DMS-RN-1/92 — Research Note
Date of publication
15 Jan 1992
Number of Pages
20
DSTKIM No
92-01429
CANDIS No
104319
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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