Week 1 Infotech Import in a Strategy Plan Discussion Subject: Infotech Import in a Strategy Plan
Part A – Discussion and responses
Find actual examples of both centralized and decentralized organizational structures. Compare and contrast the advantages (and disadvantages) of decision making in each. Create a specific scenario that would be most effective under each setting. That is, identify a decision that would be most appropriate under a centralized organizational structure, and a separate decision that is ideally suited for a decentralized organizational structure.
A) Your initial post (250 -300 words) is due by Day 3 of Week 1 [Note: need to submit on 3rd day out of 4 days]
B) You are required to respond to another 2 student’s post (minimum of 150 words)
APA formatting is required along with scholarly sources.
Part B – Weekly Journal
November 17, 2015: An article on TechRadar.com questions how outsourcing affects small business. Have students read the article at http://www.techradar.com/us/news/world-of-tech/should-your-small-business-outsource-it–1309130 and answer the following class discussion questions:
(1) What are the important factors leading an SMB to outsource?
(2) What factors would lead an SMB to insource?
(3) What is a hybrid strategy and how would you determine the tasks to outsource or insource?
Pearlson, K., Saunders, C. Galletta, D. Managing and Using Information Systems: A Strategic Approach, 6th Edition. Burlington, MA: Wiley, 2016.