THOMOSON'S TECHNOLOGY CLASSIFICATION:
1. MANUFACTURING PROCESS
(Long linked technology characterized by sequential interdependence)
Long-linked technology is usually associated with large organizations that utilize sequential task organization, such as assembly lines to accomplish their tasks.
Sequential interdependence exists when the outputs of one department become the inputs of another in serial form. This is a higher level of interdependence than pooled relationships. The preceding unit must complete its tasks correctly in order that the latter unit may successfully complete its tasks. It creates a higher need for horizontal integration mechanisms.
Sequential interdependence is associated with Long-Linked Technologies.
E.g. manufacturing process of soft drinks (coca cola)
Manufacturing of soft drinks such as coke is a fine example of long linked technology characterized by sequential interdependence. The manufacturing process of soft drinks is shown below:
(Mediated technology characterized by pooled interdependence)
Pooled interdependence is the lowest form of interdependence among departments. In this form,
work does not flow between units. Each contributes to the common good of the organization, but does
its work independently.
Reciprocal interdependence is the highest level of inter-dependence. Reciprocal interdependence exits when the output of one unit serves as the input for a second unit, and the output of the second unit serves as the input for the first unit. Reciprocal interdependence occurs in organizations with intensive technologies.
For accounting system:
For healthcare services:
Book Review "One-Minute Manager" by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
By Arnab Pal