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Organization Structures
A discussion on organization structure in general with a focus on the mechanistic and organic organizational structures.
# 152586 | 1,212 words | 8 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Mar 22, 2013 in Business (General)

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The paper discusses how in the contemporary business environment, several organizations are faced with uncertainties that arise from socio-economic and political factors. The paper explains an organization structure to be a formal framework that exists to be utilized in the process of dividing, grouping and coordinating various job tasks within the given organization and focuses on the mechanistic organizational structure. The paper provides examples of companies that apply the mechanistic approach to their organization structure and looks at the disadvantages of mechanistic organizations. Finally, the paper describes the organic organizational structures and how to determine the proper structure of an organization.

Organization Uncertainty
Mechanistic Structures of Organizations
Organic Structures of Organizations

From the Paper:

"The mechanistic organizational structures were identified sometime back by Burns and Stalker as being applicable in environments that require certain tasks that can be classified as routine and require the use of technology. The mechanistically structured organization is characterized with very clear cut and well defined structures of operation. The structures further possess qualities such as being centralize while having elements of vertical hierarchies to be used in the issuing of commands from the management to the rest of the employees. This form of organization structure is also characterized with elements of control and utmost authority. It is worthwhile to point out that this form of organization structure elicits characteristics of efficiency as well as a high degree of predictability; these two factors are factors gain their dominance through formalization procedure as well as standardization. The outcome is therefore a well defined job entity that requires the use of technology in the execution of all the organizational processes. In deed the word 'mechanistic' has a connotation to suggest that the overall organizational structure as well as the processes contained within have a strong reliance on the use of machines which constitute an integral component of the organizational operations."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Burns, T., and G.M. Stalker (1961). The Management of Innovation. London: Tavistock.
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  • Hatch, Marry Joe (2006), "Organization Theory (Modern, Symbolic and PostmodernDescriptive)", Hassan Danayi FArd, Tehran, Afkar.
  • Hofler,D and Droege,S.(2006). MECHANISTIC ORGANIZATIONS: An entry from Thomson Gale's Encyclopedia of Management

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