Business intervention strategies involve the different approaches a business can use to effect change within its organizational structure or processes. Changes can take place within the overall structure of an organization or within certain parts depending on the desired goal for the business. Circumstances that warrant intervention strategies include adapting to the global market environment, mergers and acquisitions and new product developments.
Organizations use business intervention strategies as a way to work toward pre-defined goals or to deal with unforeseen circumstances that develop within the organization, according to the Free Management Library, a managerial resource site. Business goals often require change to take place at some level in order for the business to grow and develop. Organizational issues concerning personnel, morale or high turnover rates can also warrant the use of a business intervention strategy as a means for improving productivity and work relations. Certain strategy approaches may target a business’ overall structure while others focus on the processes that make a business run.
Business organizations typically follow certain systems that define its administrative, management and production processes and how these different processes integrate with one another. According to the Free Management Library, a system provides a way for businesses to meet company goals and plan for future developments. Business intervention strategies introduce processes designed to change how a system operates, either on a global scale or within specific areas. As some departments within a company may rely on one another to accomplish their goals, changes within an established system may have unexpected effects on how departments work together.
Interventions made on an organizational level can affect the management structure or revamp a business’ overall approach to process and procedure, according to the Free Management Library. More often than not, organizational strategies must effect change on a cultural level in terms of how staff view their roles and incorporate new developments. Interventions made within the management structure alter a business’ overall reporting process. An example of this would be when a company goes from a hierarchical, “top-down” structure to a functional structure where individual teams act as self-directed units.
A business’ strategic goals may incorporate increasing product sales or customer contacts one the organization reaches a certain level of progress. According to the Free Management Library, developmental strategies target the specific processes involved, such as marketing or sales and looks for areas where change may bring about a desired outcome. Developmental strategies can also play a role in situations where problems develop within the organization, such as low productivity and workplace burnout or problems that develop within a particular product line. In these cases, businesses take steps to change whatever factors (long work hours, few worker incentives) contribute to current conditions as a way to remedy existing problems.
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