Customer departmentalization is where the organization’s activities are ready to respond to and interact with specific customers or customer groups.
This organizational form is used when great emphasis is placed on effectively serving different customer types.
For instance, full-time day students and part-time night students of graduate business programs in universities usually are different in demographic profile and personal needs.
The wholesale and retail public are very different in many industries, as our government and private sector customers.
banks may be departmentalized according to the markets illustrated in the following image;
Advantages of customer departmentalization
- Encourages concentration on customer needs.
- Gives customers feeling that they have an understanding supplier (banker).
- Develops expertness in the customer area.
- Saves customers’ time.
Disadvantages of customer departmentalization
- May be difficult to coordinate operations between competing customer demands
- Requires managers and staff expert in customers’ problems
- Customer groups may not always be clearly defined (for example, large corporate firms vs. Other corporate businesses)