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Decentralization, Strategy, And Effectiveness Of Strategic Business Units In Multibusiness Organizations

V. Govindarajan
Published 1986 · Business

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The relationship between decentralization and the effectiveness of strategic business units (SBUs) within multibusiness organizations is examined. Three strategic continua are considered—Gupta and Govindarajan's (1984) build-harvest, Porter's (1980) differentiation-low cost, and Miles and Snow's (1978) prospector-defender; in each case it is proposed that the degree of decentralization of decision-making authority delegated to the general manager of the SBU should be closely aligned with the SBU's strategy to optimize the effectiveness of the SBU.
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