|Better Management, Not Better Organization Charts|
|Topic||Internal Environment and Culture|
|InfoTrac Reference|| A142730306
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|Key Words||Organizational cultures, culture change, synergies|
|Introduction||Merging organizations into giant conglomerates has become a standard American business practice. Designed to capitalize on synergies and change cultures, experience has shown that company cultures tend to stay the same even when an organization chart is merged with another culture's.|
Merging organizations with the goal of increasing efficiencies and then pulling the organizations apart when the synergies don't materialize has become a standard American business practice. When Time Warner and AOL came together in January of 2000, the merger was seen as stunning and brilliant, a combination of the world's top media company with the world's top Internet service provider. The match seemed destined for greatness. Similarly, when the Department of Homeland Security was created in January of 2003, the consolidation was hailed as historic. The merger brought 22 federal agencies together into one single giant agency with 170,000 employees.
|Source||"Better Management, Not Better Organization Charts," Workforce Management,April, 2005, page 37.|
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