Characteristics of Informal Organizations: The Grapevine & Informal Groups


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Which type of organizational structure is seen in the organizational chart or hierarchy?

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1. Which type of organizational structure is focused on the employees, their relationships, and the unofficial power inherent within those relationships?

2. Which term describes informal conversations between organizational members that are NOT officially sanctioned?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will help measure your understanding of personal relationships and social structure in the workplace. To pass the quiz you will need to understand different types of organizational structures in the workplace and terms associated with them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Type of organizational structure that can be easily charted
  • Organizational structure focused on the relationships between employees
  • Term for informal conversations
  • Type of groups that arise as employees interact in a workplace
  • Who described the idea of the informal organization

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related business management lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding informal workplace organization and groups and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about types of organizational structures

Additional Learning

To learn more about the importance an informal network plays in an organization, review the corresponding lesson called Characteristics of Informal Organizations: The Grapevine & Informal Groups. This lesson will help you be able to do the following:

  • Describe the idea behind networking
  • Learn the defining characteristics of the grapevine concept
  • Appreciate what comprises informal groups
  • Define clique
  • Understand the differences between formal and informal organizational strucures