Strategy Implementation Coca-Cola Business Plan

Excerpt from Business Plan :

Coca-Cola: Strategy Implementation

The Coca-Cola Company's organization is a double-edged sword. The Company's structure is one of global decentralization in which the Company manufactures and sells concentrates, bases and syrups, owns the brands and conducts marketing initiatives, while its global "partners" manufacture, package, merchandise and distribute the final products. This business model involves a "tall hierarchy" of at least 5 levels in which daily operations are apparently left to lower levels while long-term planning and extended-vision is handled by higher levels. The Company also employs committees to handle vital functions such as audit and budget, while using task forces to study unusual-but-possible repetitive problems that may arise for the Company. The management style is apparently very culturally adaptable, optimistic, passionate, responsible and rewarding, having lower level management handle day-to-day operations while upper management focuses on long-range objectives. The Company's conflict-resolution style is also quite adaptable, using Ombudsmen who are confidential, neutral and independent, so employees can freely voice concerns about essentially any employee concern.

The Company's systems can be somewhat complex. Budgeting involves Finance Committee preparing yearly budgets and reports from numerous sources and submitting all to the Board of Directors for approval. Planning involves such wide-ranging areas as: vision, which involves people, portfolio, partners, planet, profit and productivity; mission, which involves the Company's specific purposes of refreshing the world, inspiring optimism and happiness, creating value and making a difference; objectives, involving human rights, environmentalism, locally important opportunities and quality of life, and providing needed products and services while making a profit; strategies, involving focusing on the market, working smart, acting like owners and being the brand; policies, such as the Company's commitment to privacy for children; procedures, such as multifaceted means of contacting the Company; rules, for example, dealing with the production of the product in Bottler Plant Labs; programs, such as the Company's college scholarship program; budget, such as a $2.6 billion USD advertising budget in 2006. Performance in the Company is evaluated yearly and consists of: defining the job, appraising performance according to set standards, and providing feedback. In addition, Coca-Cola backs up its commitment to high performance with a series of rewards through, for example, salary increments and pay grade jumps.

The Company's organizational element of "People" is as widely varied as the global reaches in which the Company has established its presence. While it is difficult to assess Coca-Cola's global workforce of more than 139,000 people, the Company certainly appears to foster a positive workplace, personal achievement and an established system of rewards to encourage the highest possible achievement from its labor force. Finally, the organizational element of "Culture" involves: values and complementary norms of behavior, such as leadership, collaboration, integrity, accountability, passion, diversity and quality; significant symbols, such as the Coca-Cola Brand, the Polar Bear, and the Company's wide-ranging sponsorship of globally loved activities such as the Olympics, FIFA World Cup, Rugby World Cup, the NBA and NASCAR.

Taking all organizational elements into consideration, Coca-Cola's organization is at once highly beneficial yet a hindrance to its mission, vision and strategy. The Company's global decentralization has allowed the company to readily establish, enhance and maintain its presence worldwide, adapt more easily to different cultures and free higher corporate management to concentrate on "the big picture." Simultaneously, global decentralization has harmed Coca-Cola's mission, vision and strategy by decreasing coordination between divisions, increasing miscommunication up and down its "tall hierarchy," increasing the uncertainty of the Company's business environments, and increasing the Company's vulnerability to suppliers of raw…

Sources Used in Document:

Resources questions related to Ingram et al. Vs. The Coca-Cola Company and that task force issued a report every year from 2002 through 2006; consequently, the Company apparently assigns ad hoc task forces to study special problems that arise for the Company (Coca-Cola Company, 2012).

b. Systems

i. How are budgets set?

The budgets are prepared annually by the Finance Committee, which submits both annual budgets and financial estimates to the Board of Directors for approval. In performing these and

Cite This Business Plan:

"Strategy Implementation Coca-Cola" (2012, March 19) Retrieved May 25, 2020, from

"Strategy Implementation Coca-Cola" 19 March 2012. Web.25 May. 2020. <>

"Strategy Implementation Coca-Cola", 19 March 2012, Accessed.25 May. 2020,