Practical Application: Comparing Mechanistic & Organic Organizational Business Structures

Instructor: Scott Tuning

Scott has been a faculty member in higher education for over 10 years. He holds an MBA in Management, an MA in counseling, and an M.Div. in Academic Biblical Studies.

Mechanistic and organic business structures are mutually exclusive. Each type has pros, cons, and considerations as they relate to a given scenario, including those related to benefits, risks, performance management, and problem-solving.

Creative or Methodical?

In the lesson, Mechanistic and Organizational Business Structures, you learned about the key differences between two organizational structures. The structure associated with a disciplined, careful, and methodical approach is the mechanistic model. In contrast, an organizational structure that emphasizes subject matter expertise, a flat hierarchy, and a creative approach is the organic model. Neither structure is ''wrong,'' but choosing the right structure for a particular organization is important for business managers.

Organizational Structure: Quick Reference

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