Developing an effective organisational structure
A Syngenta case study

Page 1: Introduction

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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...
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Page 2: Organisational structure

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To fulfil its mission effectively, a business needs to operate within a structure best suited to its purposes. Traditionally large businesses divide the organisation up into functional areas. Syngenta's functions include research and development, global supply (including manufacturing), human resources (HR), sales and marketing, finance, and Information Systems (IS). Within any organisation...
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Page 3: Roles and responsibilities

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Syngenta has many sections and departments. It is organised into these functional areas: research and development (R&D) global supply (including supply chain management, manufacturing and logistics) sales and marketing global support functions (providing, for example, legal, financial and HR services). These functional areas effectively run independently. However, by using a matrix...
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Page 4: Skills and competencies

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Syngenta has a culture of empowering its workers. This enables them to be in control of their work. To fulfil Syngenta's aims and objectives, employees must also demonstrate specific skills and competencies. Dr Kathryn Brocklehurst explains what this means for her: 'As a manager and scientist, time management, planning and communication are key skills. I manage a research team and it is vital that...
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Page 5: HR strategy

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Syngenta is a forward-looking company. It wants its people and leaders to be: passionate about achieving the company's goals focused on essential areas such as developing new products to deadlines developing new skills and expertise to ensure the highest standards are maintained recognised and celebrated for their achievements creative and innovative in how they work. Syngenta's HR...
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Page 6: Conclusion

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Syngenta is a global business operating in a competitive market. It relies heavily on its scientists to research and develop new products. These products enable countries throughout the world to grow sufficient food to feed the ever-increasing world population. With over 24,000 staff working in 90 countries, Syngenta must organise its resources and use the talents of its people effectively...
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