Mechanistic Structure: Definition & Example


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Which two theorists developed the idea of mechanistic organization?

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1. Which type of organization is at the opposite end of the continuum from a mechanistic organization?

2. Which of the following characterizes a mechanistic organization?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Mechanistic organization, otherwise known as mechanistic structure, refers to the highly complex systems that operate in stable, predictable environments. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of this type of organizational structure. The questions on the quiz will test you on the theorists who developed this structure, your understanding of the spectrum of structures from organic to mechanistic, and the characteristics of mechanistic organization.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The theorists who developed the idea of mechanistic structure
  • Your understanding of the spectrum of organizational structure
  • The characteristics of mechanistic organization
  • Ideal conditions for mechanistic organization

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow you to test your skills in the following areas:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information on organizational structure from the related lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about characteristics of mechanistic structures and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the environments of mechanistic structures

Additional Learning

The corresponding lesson called Mechanistic Structure: Definition & Example covers the following objectives:

  • Define mechanistic organization
  • Describe the position of mechanistic and organic organizational structures on a spectrum
  • Understand the importance of formalization and centralization
  • Describe mechanistic organization examples