Hierarchical vs. Adaptive Organizational Structures


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Xi is the CEO of a company. It's very important to her that there's a high degree of control in her company and that all big decisions ultimately go through her. Xi's company most likely structured using the _____ model of organizational structure.

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1. Hamsa is a web designer. At her company, instead of working with a bunch of other web designers, Hamsa works on a diverse team with sales people, customer service reps, and others. Each team that she works on is assembled for a very specific project. Hamsa is most likely working at a company using the _____ model of organizational structure.

2. Zaf's company is structured horizontally, so there isn't always a clear chain of command because everyone works together in teams. Zaf's company is most likely using the _____ model of organizational structure.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

See what you know about the differences between hierarchical and adaptive organizational structures. Take this multiple-choice quiz and answer questions on topics like an organizational structure associated with decisions that have to go through a company's CEO and a type of organizational structure at a company where employees work in teams.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be responsible for these areas of study:

  • Model of organizational structure in a company that's structured horizontally
  • Company that requires the reporting to a boss for every employee
  • Best structure to use to allow employees to be creative

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - make sure you understand the most important information from the lesson on adaptive and hierarchical organizational structures, including a company that has its employees working in teams on specific projects
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the organizational structure associated with each employee being required to report to a boss
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about a type of organizational structure where employees must go through a CEO who makes all the decisions and the best structure to use in order to encourage employees to be innovative

Additional Learning

You can learn more about structures of different workplace environments in the lesson named Hierarchical vs. Adaptive Organizational Structures. The following topics will be explored:

  • Structures that are based on dividing responsibilities between work teams
  • Benefits of working in teams that are diverse
  • Model that is easier to coordinate