Sample Response to GMAT AWA Issue Questions
“Corporations and other businesses should try to eliminate the many
ranks and salary grades that classify employees according to their
experience and expertise. A ‘flat’ organizational structure is more
likely to encourage collegiality and cooperation among employees.”
Discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the opinion
stated above. Support your views with reasons and/or examples from your
own experience, observations, or reading.
The speaker here claims that a flat organizational structure is more
likely to encourage collegiality among employees. I disagree with the
statement. In support of my position, I would like to present following
aspects that constitute to an organizational operating.
First, this statement ignores our daily experience in workplace. When
there is dispute among coworkers, there should be a clear figure to take
authority and to make final decision. If not, disagreement will go
unresolved and the congeniality is discouraged.
Second, under a flat system, workers have little enticement, if any, to
improve their performance and bear responsibility for their assigned
tasks. In fact, a flat system might actually discourage productivity and
efficiency because workers are not responsible for the quality or
quantity of their work.
In sum, I disagree the opinion that a "flat" organizational structure is
more likely to promote collegiality and cooperation among employees
because it breaks the common sense about how people work and it
discourage the cooperation among employees.