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Title: Aspects of integration in marketing channels: dependence of the optimal arrangements on environmental factors and implications of this for food distribution organizations
Author: Izraeli, D.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3587 7038
Awarding Body: Manchester Business School
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 1969
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a) Abstract. The food distribution trade is conventionally divided into various institutionalized types of organizations such as multiples and voluntary chains, with differing degrees of financial and structural integration between wholesaling and retailing units. These types were studies as Food Distribution Organizations, aiming to achieve the same primary goal, serving a common function as marketing channels for goods (from suppliers to customers) and operating in the same general environment of the food distribution trade. The purpose of this thesis was to identify an optimum structure for Food Distribution Organizations. It took the theoretical framework for the relationship between structure and environmental certainty and stability from Burns and Stalker,as its starting point, and applied Lawrence and Lorsch's approach and methodology for operationalizing the concepts and testing the relationship between them. It was premised that an optimum structure would be one most suited for coping with the environment effectively; that is, which differentiation and integration of the organization met the environmental requisites. Lawrence and Lorsch had measured the 'fit' between basic subsystems defined in terms of administrative units, and subenvironments segmented. according to these subsystems. This research found that administrative units in Food Distribution Organizations were complex and compounded of many parts. Their respective subenvironments could not be categorically described as generally certain or stable but were rather heterogenous in these respects. It was concluded that the basic units of analysis in relation to which the environment could be segmented and characterized were the tasks performed by administrative units. The two major determinants of structure were found to be: 1) the degree of certainty and stability of the environment in relation to each task and 2) the type of integrative devices required for co-ordinating the interdependent tasks and resolving conflict situations. These were listed along a continuum from organic to mechanistic types of devices and related to Thompson's typology of interdependence requisites. To find an optimum structure, a procedure for organizational design was developed. Performance criteria were stated in terms of profitability, and the environmental requisites identified. A Model Organization was then designed best suited to cope with the environment; differentiated according to task-environment requisites and integrated to achieve optimal total system performance. b) Education and Research since B.A. 1961 - M.B.A., New York University. Thesis: Management Development for Small Business. 1966-67 - Director of a Marketing Research. Organization, Tel-Aviv, conducted numerous market research projects for industry, retail organizations and government bodies.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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