Developing an effective organisational structure
A Syngenta case study

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Syngenta is a world-leading plant science business. It is committed to promoting sustainable agriculture throughinnovative research and technology. Its purpose is 'bringing plant potential to life'. Syngenta currently employs more than 24,000 people in over 90 countries. Its customers range from farmers to governments.

Well-qualified innovative scientists are a core strength of the business. However, the company also needs people in other supporting roles to ensure the products that its scientists develop can reach their chosen markets and customers. A strong focus on recruiting and developing its employees helps Syngenta remain a major player in a highly competitive market. The business prides itself on attracting motivated, talented and involved employees. Once people are recruited, it fully utilises the breadth and depth of their available talent.

Syngenta was formed in 2000 from the merger of the agricultural divisions of Novartis and Zeneca. The company has a wide range of product lines both in crop protection (selective herbicides, non-selective herbicides, fungicides, insecticides) and professional products (including lawn and turf products and seeds (field crops, vegetables) and garden plants.

Throughout the world, farmers and growers are looking to increase the yield from their land. Syngenta's research teams are devoted to researching and developing products to meet worldwide demand from farmers and agribusinesses for products at competitive prices. Global sales in 2008 were approximately $11.6 billion, with 37% of sales in Europe, Africa and the Middle East and 32% in the NAFTA region.

The case study shows how Syngenta operates though a matrix structure. This involves staff from different departments working together in teams on specific projects and tasks. This approach helps to make the most of all employees' talents and abilities and enables functions to work together more effectively.

 

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