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Review Key Motivational Strategies and Enhanced Recommendations on Cisco

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Review Key Motivational Strategies and Enhanced Recommendations on Cisco

Organizations use matrix structure when they need stronger horizontal alignment or cooperation in order to meet their goal. Matrix organizations historically received a bad rap for being too complex and confusing. The reality is that it takes much more collaboration and integration to effectively implement this structure.

Groups and teams are not the same thing. A Group is two or more individuals, interacting and interdependent, who have come together to achieve particular objectives. A work group is a group who interact primarily to share information and to make decisions to help each other perform within their separate areas of responsibility. A work team generates positive synergy through coordinated effort. Their individual efforts result in a level of performance that is greater than the sum of those individual inputs.

Cisco Systems is a rapidly growing high-technology firm specializing in designing networking systems that link computers and provide Internet communications. It is a major leader in the development of data communications switching technologies. Cisco was founded in 1990 and has grown very rapidly in size, profits, and stock value. The purpose of this report is to review how Cisco leads in the light of motivational in internal and external environment; Cisco uses the key organisational strategies in cheap and efficient communication, aggressive stretch goals and human resource hiring policy by focused recommendations to enhance the impact of the strategies.

Analysis in the Light of Motivational Strategies

Matrix Structure

In the matrix structure, people are hired and assigned to a functional area of the business and given assignments to work on. They are moved into special projects when their skills are needed. Thus, an employee contributes to both the functional area and the project; employees may contribute their skills and perspectives to several high-profile activities at once. For example, in the research development arm of Cisco, there will be hundreds of design projects going on all the time.

Through the matrix organization, the business gains the advantages of a project approach. It is using workers in a highly flexible and efficient manner. Employees often feel good about this too. They enjoy being challenged, and the projects are often exciting. This has creating a working environment that emphasizes the nature of the work itself. When employees receive motivators-such as a sense of achievement, responsibility, and recognition-from their work, they feel satisfaction and are motivated to do even better and keep the positive feedback coming (Frederick Herzberg's theory).

Matrix organization structure allow individuals to concentrate on a functional, product, market or geographical specialization,


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