The Liverpool team of 11 players is a flat organizational structure as it operates as a cohesive unit; players are delegated with equal responsibilities by the football manager. Liverpool as a workplace, meanwhile, has a functional organizational structure.
More specifically, it can be defined as a framework which describes how members are accepted, how leadership is chosen and how decisions are made. A functional structure is set up so that each department of the organization is grouped according to its purpose; marketing, sales, production etc.
The basic organizational structure for Liverpool as an organization is pictured below. The Chain of Command moves from the top to the bottom of the hierarchy.
Current Major Positions:
Chairman and CEO - Tom Werner
Football Manager - Brendan Rodgers
Commercial Director - Ian Ayre
Although this organizational chart only shows the prominent departments in Liverpool as an organization, the structure of it is divided well. There are very few boundaries between all departments as well as the CEO and Chairman refers to the same person. Therefore, the coordination and communication between departments are strong and managed well.
Since Liverpool FC has a relatively flat organizational structure, this lives up to Bill Shankly's cultural legacy mentioned in Blog Post #3 when he said that the players, managers,s, and fans are equal.
Therefore, the flat organization structure influences the corporate culture as it strengthens the bond between the players, the manager, and the fans which live up to Bill Shankly's philosophies.