Is FFH centralized or decentralized?

HRMT 300 Organizational Behaviour F15

Professor: Victor Iyekekpolor   

Structure and Culture 7.5% of final grade

Due: Week 12

This assignment must be completed in teams of no less than three people but a maximum of five team members is acceptable.

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (Ticker Symbol: FFH) is a Toronto-based financial services holding company whose CEO is PremWatsa.

You must provide references for your research.

1. Is FFH centralized or decentralized? Provide evidence to support your answer.

2. Based on your answer to Question 1, is there a narrow or wide span of control at the holding company? Explain why with evidence to support your answer.

3. Does FFH employ a functional, divisional, or matrix structure? Explain your answer and provide evidence to support it.

4. How would you describe the culture at FFH? Hint: This requires research.

5. Consider the four ways of maintaining/perpetuating organizational culture. Identify one of these that you believe FFH uses and provide evidence to support your answer.

Your responses should be in formal sentence/paragraph structure with correct spelling and grammar. Point form responses are not acceptable. Assignments are graded on quality, not length.


All questions will be graded using the rubric below and then a mark out of 25, and 5 marks will be assigned for Spelling, Grammar, Format, Neatness, Overall readability, Research

Total Marks= 30

Grading Rubric

Level 5 Level 4 Level 3 Level 2 Level 1 Level 0
Insightful with excellent critical thinking

Excellent research with explicit examples and proof to support position taken

Understanding of OB principles is clearly shown

Good critical thinking evident

Some evidence from articles and/or research present to support position taken

Reasonable understanding of OB principles is shown

Some research and critical thinking shown

May lack evidence from sources to support position taken

Incomplete or incorrect understanding of OB principles is shown

Answer is somewhat specific but lacks proof from sources

Clear evidence of critical thinking may be lacking

Incomplete or incorrect understanding of OB principles is shown

Vague, general, non-specific answer with little research or critical thinking

Understanding of OB principles is not evident

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