"Planning and Strategic Management." The video below highlights the 2010 merger of United Airlines and Continental Airlines. Sometimes a change in organizational structure results in changes in planning and strategic management. The result of these changes creates an uneasiness by the general public as reported in this CBS News story regarding this merger announcement.

YouTube video courtesy of CBS News - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnSAWoVm1GI (uploaded May 3, 2010)

Therefore, clearly answer the questions: Explain the examples of three different operational plans that you use or encounter (now or in the past) at work, at school, or in your personal life. Explain deeply.

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Let's first take a look at some of the terms in this question. Organizational structure refers to how different departments are organized or planned in order to achieve common goals. When the organizational structure changes, like it did in the merging of these two airlines, that can change the way that the organization functions. For example, consumers were worried about how the service would continue, changes in pricing, cutting of jobs and flights, and so forth. Because there was a major change in the organizational structure, that would impact all the smaller components of management and strategic planning.

Operational plans refers to the outline that tells how a team or department will function in order to help the organization achieve its goals. There are several different examples you might use here. For example, the night crew in a coffee shop might have an operational plan to clean all the machines at night in order to help contribute to the overall goal of the coffee shop to provide people with fresh coffee. At home, you might have a plan with a roommate to switch off grocery shopping duties once a week in order to ensure that your home has enough food.

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