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The Boundaryless Organization: Structure and Advantages

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Why did Jack Welch want to restructure his multibillion dollar organization to operate similarly to a family grocery store?

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1. Which type of boundary impedes communication and interaction between organizational members who operate at different levels within an organization?

2. Which of the following is a method to reduce or eliminate horizontal boundaries within an organization?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Organizations that eliminate or reduce boundaries may see improved efficiency and response. This quiz/worksheet combo will help test your knowledge of the different kinds of boundaries that can be reduced as well as Jack Welch's role in restructuring General Electric through boundaryless organizing.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be asked to name the specific boundary that:

  • Involves physical separation of members
  • Obstructs interaction between members of various functional departments
  • Separates members of an organization from the outside world
  • Hinders communication between members of different levels within an organization

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about Jack Welch and General Electric from the related lesson on boundaryless organizations
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding different types of boundaries to identify them in questions
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the concept of boundaries to recognize how they might contribute to a organization's lack of efficiency or responsiveness

Additional Learning

For more details about organizations that eliminate or reduce boundaries, check out the lesson called The Boundaryless Organization: Structure and Advantages. This lesson answers the following questions:

  • What is a boundaryless organization?
  • What changes should management make to the structure of an organization to make it boundaryless?
  • In what ways can structure help and hurt an organization?
  • What are examples of operating with eliminated or reduced boundaries?
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