Economía y Empresa

Organization Honda # Organización Honda

The coming of the New Organization.

Twenty years from now, the typical large business will have half the levels of management and one third
the managers of it is counterpart today. Work will be done by specialists brougth together in task forces
that cut across traditional departaments. Coordination and control will depend largely on employees
willingness to discipline themselves.

Behind these changes lies information technology computers communicate faster and better than layers of
middle management, they also demand knowledgeable users who can transform their data in to

Businesses, especially large ones, have little choice but to become information based. De mographics, for

The large business 20 years hence is more likely to resemble a hospital or a symphony than a typical
manufacturing company.

Advanced data procesing technology is not necessary to create an information based organization, of
course as we shall see, the British built just such an organization in India When "information Tachnology"
meant the quill pen, and barefoot runners were the "telecommunications" systems.

We can readily see the first step in this transformation process when we consider the impact of computer
technology on capital investment decisions. We have know for a long time that there is no one right way to
analyze a proposed capital investment, to understand it we need at least six analyses the expected rate of
return., teh payoud period and the investments expected rate of return, the payoud period and the
investments expected productive life, the discounted present value of all returns through the productive
lifetime of the investment, the risk in not making the investment or deferring it, the cost and risk in case of
failure, and finally, the oportunity cost.

The second area that is affected when a company focuses it is data processing capacity on producing
information is it organization structure. Almost inmediately, it becomes clear that both the number of
management levels and the number of managers can be sahrply cut.

Information is data endowed with relevance and purpose, converting data into information thus requires
knowledge, by definition, is specialized. The information based organization requires far more specialists
overall than the command and control companies we are accustomed to.

Because of its flatter structure, the large, information based organization will more closely resemble the
businesses of a century ago than today´s big companies back then, however all the knowledge, such as it
was lay with the very top people.

Traditional departments wont be where the work gets done. Finally a good deal of work will be done
differently in the information based organization. Traditional departments will serve as guardians of
standars, as centers for training and the assignment of specialists, they wont be were the work gets done,
that will happen largely in task focused teams.

To say that information technology is transforming business enterprises is simple. What this
transformation will require of companies and top managements is much harder to decipher. That is why i
find it helpful to look for clues in other kinds of information based organizations, such as the hospital, the
symphony orchestra, and the British administration in India.

The best example of a large and succesful information based organization had no middle management at
all. A large symphony orchestra is even more instructive, since for some works there may be a few
hundred musicians on stage playing together. According to organization theory then, there should be
several group vicepresident conductors and perhaps a half dozen dicision VP conductors. But thats not how
it works. There is only the conductor, and every one of the musicians plays directly to that person without
an internediary, and each is a high grade specialist, indeed an artist.

Information based organizations, in other words, require clear, simple, common objectives that translate
in to particular actions. At the same time, however, as these examples indicate, information based
organizations also need concentration on one objetive or, at most on a few. Because the "players" in an
information based organization are specialists, they cannot be told how to do their work.

There are probably few orchestra conductors who could coax even one note out of a french horn, let alone
show the horn player how to do it. But the conductor can focus the horn players skill and knowledge on
the musicians joint performance. And this focus is what the leaders of an information based business must
be able to achieve.

Who depend on me for information, and on whom do i depend. The other requirement of an information
based organization is that everyone take information responsibility. The bassoonist in the orchestra does
so every time she plays a note. Doctors and paramedics work with an elaborate system of reports and an
information center, the nurse station on the patients floor.

Information responsability to others is increasingly understood, especially in middle sized companies. But
information responsability to oneself is still largely neglected. That is everyone in an organization should
constantly be thinking through what information he or she needs to do the job and to make a contribution.

To remain competitive maybe even to survive businesses will have to convert themselves into
organizations of knowledgeable specialists. This maybe the most radical break with the way even the most
highly computerized bussinesses are still being run today. There people either assume the more data, the
more information, which was a perfectly valid assumption, yesterday when data were scarce, but leads to
data overload and information black out now that they are plentiful.

Most large businesses have little in common with the examples we have been looking at. Yet to remain
competitive maybe even to survive they will have to convert themselves into information based
organizations, and fairly quickly. They will have to change old habits and acquire new ones. And the more
succesful a company has been, the more difficult and painful this process is apt to be.

The information based organization will also pose it is own special management problems. I see as
particularly critical;

1.- developing rewards, recognition, and career opportunities for specialists.

2.- Creating unified vision in an organization of specialists.

3.- Devising the management structure for an organization of task forces.

4.- Ensuring the supply, preparation, and testing of top management people.

Opportunities for specialists in an information based business organization should be more plentiful than
they are in an orchestra or hospital, let alone in the Indian civil service. Many companies have followed this
example, but professional specialists themselves have largely rejected it as a solution.

There are no easy answers to this problem. Some help may come from looking at large law and consulting
firms, where even the most senior partners tend to be specialists, and associates who will not make
partner are outplaced fairly early on.

This meant that the district officer became increasingly isolated from the activities that often had the
greatest impact on, and the greatest importance for his district.

Finally, the toughest problem will probably be toughest problem will probably be to ensure the supply,
preparation, and testing of top management people, this is, of course, an old and central dilemma as well
as a major reason for the general acceptance of decentralization in large businesses in the last 40 years.
But the existing business organization has a great many middle management positions that are supposed
to prepare and test a person. As a result, there are usually a good many people to choose from when
filling a senior management slot.

Decentralization into autonomus units will surely be even more critical than it is now, perhaps we will even
copy the german gruppe in wich the decentralized units are set up as separate companies with their own
top managements. The Germans use this model precisely because of their tradition of promoting people in
their specialities, especially in research and engineering, if they did not have available commands in near
independent subsidiaries to put people in, they would have little opportunity to train and test their most
promising professionals. These subsidiaries are thus somewhat like the farm teams of a major league
baseball club.

We may also find that more and more top management jobs in big companies are filied by hiring people
away from smaller companies. This is the way that major orchestras get their conductors, a young
conductor earns his or her spurs in a small orchestra or opera house, only to be hired away by a larger
one, and the heads of a good many large hospitals ahve had similar careers.

We see something of this sort in france, where large companies are often run by men who have spent their
entire previous careers in government service.

Since modern business enterprise firts, arose after the civil war in Europe, there have been two major
evolutions in the concept and structure of organizations, the first took place in ten years between 1895 and

The second evolutionary change took place 20 years later, the development of what we still see as the
modern corporation began with pierre S. Du Pont's restructuring of his family company in the early
twenties and continued with alfred P. Sloan's redesign of General Motors a few years later.

Now we are entering a third period of change, the shift from the command and control organization, the
organization of departments and divisions, to the information based organization, the organization, the
organization of knowledge specialists, we can perceive, though perhaps only dimly, what this organization
will look like, we can identify some of it is main characteristics and requirements.

We can point central problems of values structure, and behavior, but the job of actually building the
information based organization is still ahead of us it is the managerial challenge of the future.


En 1978, iniciaron el desarrollo de un automóvil basado en un nuevo concepto con el lema "Juguemos al azar". Los modelos
Civic y Accord se estaban volviendo muy comunes. Una nueva generación de jóvenes diseñadores de productos ingresaba en
el mercado

laboral con ideas poco convencionales acerca de lo que un auto necesita tener para ser bueno.

La decisión de negocio que resultó del lema 'Juguemos al azar" fue formar un equipo de desarrollo de productos nuevos con

ingenieros y diseñadores jóvenes(la edad promedio era 27 años). El equipo recibió dos y solo dos, instrucciones:

1.- generar un concepto de producto que fuese en esencia distinto de

cualquier cosa que la compañia hubiese hecho en el pasado.

2.-segundo, que diseñaran un automovil que fuera económico pero no barato.

Primero se diseño una versión más pequeña y barata del Civic, una opción segura y tecnológicamente posible. Sin embargo,
el equipo

pronto decidió que tal idea contradecía la razón fundamental de la misión.

El lider del equipo, Hiroo Watanabe, acuño otro, "Evolución automotriz". Cuando los miembros del equipo discutieron lo que

significar el lema de Watanabe, obtuvieron una respuesta en la forma de otro lema: "hombre al máximo-máquina al mínimo".

La tendencia "evolucionaria enunciada por el equipo encarnó en la imagen de una esfera: un auto que era "corto" (en longitud)

"alto". Un auto con tales características, según su razonamiento, sería más ligero y barato, pero también más cómodo y sólido
que los

autos tradicionales. Esto generó un concepto de producto que el equipo llamó chico-alto, que condujo a la creación del
HondaCity, el

auto hurbano por exelencia de la compañía.

El auto estrenó un concepto de diseño totalmente nuevo en la industria automotriz japonesa, basado en el lema "hombre al

máximo-máquina al mínimo", lo que llevó a la nueva generación de autos "altos y cortos", ahora muy comunes en Japón.

1.- Explique como se utilizaron las tres características clave de la creación del conocimiento.

Las tres características de la creación del conocimiento son:

a.- Expresar los inexpresable para lo cual ocupan metáforas y analogías .

En el caso de Honda estas metáforas son:

"Juguemos al azar"

"Evolución automotriz."

"hombre al máximo-máquina al mínimo"

" chico-alto"

b.- Diseminar el conocimiento.

El conocimiento tuvo su orígen en un individuo y luego este conocimiento se transmite a los diferentes miembros del grupo de

trabajo, despues a los diferentes grupos que intervienen en el proyecto y asi sucesivamente hasta llegar a toda la organizacion.

c.- El nuevo conocimiento nace en la bruma de la ambigüedad y la redundancia.

Al principio en los grupos de trabajo hubo un poco de ambigüedad por que los directivos solo dieron dos instrucciones:

generar un concepto de producto que fuese en esencia distinto decualquier cosa que la compañia hubiese hecho en el pasado;

segundo, que diseñaran un automovil que fuera económico pero no barato. Por lo que al principio les costo trabajo, pero al
final dio


Y esto se llevo a cabo después de realizar varios esquemas y bocetos hasta obtener el modelo final que fue el honda city.

2.- Describa los roles de los participantes en el equipo en cuanto a la creación del conocimiento.

El equipo de nuevos diseñadores e ingenieros jovenes desempeñaron roles de consumidores y de diseñadores e ingenieros al

tiempo, ya que como consumidores querian crear un concepto de auto economico, seguro, confortable y a un precio
accesible como

consumidores, y en cuanto al rol de diseñadores e ingenieros, estos buscaban plasmar estas ideas en un diseño innovador y
que fuera

posible de realizar.

3.Como se logró convertir el conocimiento tácito en explícito.

Al traducir el conocimiento tacito a explicito se crea el conocimiento y viceversa, es este caso los miembros de el equipo
tenian la idea

y el modelo en su mente y al momento en que los plasman en planos y en la computadora ya crean el conocimiento.

La idea de el equipo era el tener un auto corto en longitud y alto, lo que los llevo al razonamiento de que sería mas ligero y

economico tambien, lo que los llevo a un nuevo concepto de automovil.

Enviado por:Fabián Mendoza
Idioma: inglés
País: México

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