Organisational Structure of ACN Inc. -
February 1st, 2011
ACN, Inc. is a Multi-level marketing (MLM) company that provides telecommunications and other services and also provides independent representatives an opportunity to form a home-based business. Based in Concord, North Carolina, USA, ACN began operations in the U.S in 1993 as American Communications Network. It extended operations to Europe in 1999 and to Asia-Pacific in 2004, and now operates in 23 countries, on 4 continents. As a reflection of its international operations, it changed its name to just the initial letters ACN. The company is a member of the Direct Selling Associations in North America  and Europe. In the United States, ACN is an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau, where it currently has an A rating. In 2010, ACN was placed #21 on Direct Selling News' Global 100 list of the top 100 direct selling companies worldwide.
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The importance of efficient organisation structures lies in assuming a definite structure wherein the authority and the chain of command is precisely defined. Such ‘value-adding’ activity directly correlated with the extent of organisational effectiveness any organisation can achieve. According to Boudreau and Ramstad (2005), the organisation structure also outlines the strategic process for every organisation. Therefore, the capabilities, competences and expertise must be fully integrated to the organisation structure where they can have the greatest effect. Though it maybe a processual initiative, the organisation structures could affect the measure of decisions and behaviours that brings success to the organisation (Boudreau and Ramstad, 2006). A notion worthy of note is that the precise organisation structure assists in maximizing the efficiency and productivity of the organisation through facilitating the coordination of group of individuals and efficiently intertwining of employees with means of communications.
Organisational effectiveness that achieved through the organisation structure focuses on how leaders affect the organisational performance albeit being adhocratic or bureaucratic (Robbins and Barnwell, 2006, p. 131). In simpler terms, the personality of the leaders predicts leadership style, leadership style impacts employee attitudes and team functioning that, in effect, predict organisational effectiveness. Leadership involves the persuasion of individuals to give up purely selfish interests and contribute to the overall performance of the organisation. Leaders influence in two ways. The first is exerted on direct social interactions known as leadership in organisation. The second is evident on decisions about directions and objectives known as leader of organisations. The latter has direct impact on organisation structure as the leader guides the collective action by setting goals, defining roles and staffing positions, acquiring and allocating resources and establishing policies
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