Mechanistic & Organic Organizational Business Structures


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Why is having a suitable organizational structure important for the company?

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1. Why is the mechanistic structure often referred to as a bureaucratic structure?

2. A state university has a system where most of the decisions are made by the top level of management and the subordinates are not supposed to question them. There are no complex decision-making processes that involve multiple parties and most of the communication goes from the bottom toward the top. Why is this NOT a common mechanistic structure?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Examining the two main ways a business can be organized, this quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of organic and mechanistic business structures. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding the characteristics of an organic structure as well as knowing the features of a mechanistic structure.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Characteristics of an organic structure
  • Features of a mechanistic structure

Skills Practiced

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

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding the characteristics of an organic structure and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the features of a mechanistic structure
  • Distinguishing Differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as organic structure and mechanistic structure

Additional Learning

To learn more about which structure is most appropriate for accomplishing a goal, review the corresponding lesson Mechanistic & Organic Organizational Business Structures. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand what an organization structure is
  • Identify the two primary forms of an organizational structure
  • Describe the characteristics of a mechanistic structure
  • Explain the impact of Tom Burns and G. M. Stalker
  • Appreciate the differences between the two forms of business