@Saranyatil, the silo goal-setting that is a common in many organizations shows the lack of understanding of systems approach to organizational managment. Each department in an organization is really a subsystem that need to work inter-dependentedly and interlrelated to form a functional whole. The generation of profit is the goal of all for-profit organizations and each department must understand how other departments are related to work together to achieve this goal. Hence the need for strategic planning that involves all stakeholders in the various departments defining specific goals for each department that works towards the one main goal of the organization.
The company i last worked in had different level of yearly goals and the profit sharing was tied to the goals. 50% of the profit sharing points were tied to the department goals and the rest were other goals such as corporate goal or inter-department goals. This way there was no need to have inter-department meeting to keep a check on the progress made. I think, this way any goal which has the highest priority can be given the highest point of profit sharing so the departmental goals do not supersede it.
Nicely said. Indeed this is a big issue. Companies loose out a lot on money and time. Engineers are busy targetting to reach their goals and forget the budget allocated.
When it comes to purchase they are only keen on reducing cost but never try an understand why we need to pay so much. for instance lets say an engineer decides to develope an ASIC it calls for NRE costs. When this details are passed on to the purchase guys they start arguing to use an available part instead of going in for customization. With this discussions comes to standstill engineer would have started working on different parts of the system. Both lose track on what they are doing, again when necessitiy arises they call for discussions again which results in delayed time and there is increase in over all cost.
This is a very informative article that brought up some very good points. I've seen this happen many times when companies set goals for different departments. These departments focus on their goals and put other things on the back burner if it interferes with the departments goals. In the end the company loses. I was glad to see your rules of how to avoid these pitfalls. It seems like when silo goals are set, everybody forgets that they are one big company with an ultimate goal and that everybody contributes to the company’s growth.
The manufacturing company I worked for had a good success in reducing cost by having a department called as "Value Engineering" directly reporting to the managing director of the company. This department's role was to see , where and how much the cost can be saved - either in the process, in the material used, in the design, by choosing alternate vendor, in logistics, in the payment terms and what not.
So the value engineering would work independent of the individual departments whether it was purchase, concept, design, engineering or finance.
This approach worked very well except in a couple of cases where the value engineering went too far in cost reduction resulting in sacrificing the quality.
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