Stroz Friedberg Case Analysis and Recommendations Paper
This six page (maximum) paper requires that you read the Stroz Friedberg case and use two HBR Notes to analyze Stroz Friedberg’s challenges and, as a consultant, make recommendations for addressing the challenges.
We will use a couple of HBR Notes, one on Organizational Structure and one on the Congruence Model, to analyze a case concerned with an organization’s success and rapid growth. Stroz Friedberg is a digital forensics firm that has grown rapidly and needs to move to a more formal organizational structure and align its hardware (structure and systems) and software (people and culture) so that it can continue to grow and retain its reputation for excellence. Participants are expected to write an analysis of the challenges confronting Stroz Friedberg and make a set of recommendations for addressing the challenges using all the material we covered in the Block book as well as the HRB notes.
Case: Growing Pains at Stroz Friedberg
Notes: Note on Organizational Structure Congruence Model Note
Handout: On Bureaucracy
In late spring 2009, Stroz Friedberg co-presidents Edward Stroz and Eric Friedberg had to set growth targets for 2010. The leading global consulting firm they had built specialized in managing digital risk and uncovering digital evidence and had grown very rapidly. With the firm's CFO, they believed that the firm could grow from $58 million to $72 million, a growth rate of 27% over the preceding year. However, the firm's 11 offices had submitted first draft FY 2010 plans that together added up to firm-wide revenues of only $53 million, a growth rate of negative 10.2%. The preceding years of rapid growth had been successful but challenging, and a thorough review of the firm's culture, systems, structure, and processes in late 2008 had resulted in a significant set of changes to which the organization was still adjusting. Stroz and Friedberg...