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Ch 1: How Organizations are Structured & Designed

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This overview of how organizations are structured and designed covers key topics such as issues that influence organizational behavior, contemporary organizational designs, e-business, and organizational life cycle. These helpful video lessons are a great resource to use in preparation for a test or to complete a homework assignment.

How Organizations are Structured & Designed - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter provide an overview of how organizations are structured and designed. You'll find an informative discussion of key topics such as organizational strategies, management styles, and use of technology. After completing the chapter, you should be prepared to:

  • Show how organizational behavior is influenced
  • Describe strategic design and structuring of an organization
  • Recognize specialized functions in organizations
  • Identify authority in centralized and decentralized organizations
  • Explain traditional and contemporary organizational designs
  • Understand theory of impersonal management and bureaucracy in an organization
  • Examine structure and advantages of an organization with boundaries
  • Discuss the grapevine and informal groups within organizations
  • Relate facts about strategies and business impacts of organizational downsizing
  • Diagram the life cycle of an organization
  • Explore the use of technology to turn inputs into outputs
  • Report on organizational size, including those with a lean structure
  • Tell ways to enhance and enable e-business

The video lessons are brief and engaging, which helps you to easily understand the information presented. Our expert instructors use an informative teaching style and real-world examples. The video timelines help you navigate the videos and focus on topics that are of greatest interest to you. Once you have completed each lesson, you can take a short multiple-choice quiz to test your knowledge. Full video transcripts are available for you to review.

12 Lessons in Chapter 1: How Organizations are Structured & Designed
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Organizational Structure: Definition and Influence on Organizational Behavior

1. Organizational Structure: Definition and Influence on Organizational Behavior

In this lesson you will learn the definition of organizational structure and how the structure of an organization can influence the attitudes and behaviors of organizational members.

Mechanistic & Organic Organizational Business Structures

2. Mechanistic & Organic Organizational Business Structures

Different organizations require different structures. This lesson describes the differences between mechanistic and organic organizational structures by looking at the specifics of organizations.

Work Specialization in Organizations

3. Work Specialization in Organizations

One of the most important decisions an organization will need to make is how to get work done. This lesson will explain the purpose of work specialization in an organization and how it is used to organize separate jobs.

Types of Traditional Organizational Designs: Simple, Functional & Divisional Designs

4. Types of Traditional Organizational Designs: Simple, Functional & Divisional Designs

Choosing an organizational structure is an ongoing design process. In this lesson, you will learn to identify types of traditional organizational designs, including simple, functional and divisional designs.

Types of Contemporary Organizational Designs: Matrix, Team & Network Designs

5. Types of Contemporary Organizational Designs: Matrix, Team & Network Designs

Choosing an organizational structure is an ongoing design process. In this lesson, you will learn to identify types of contemporary organizational designs, including matrix, team and network designs.

The Boundaryless Organization: Structure and Advantages

6. The Boundaryless Organization: Structure and Advantages

In this lesson, you will learn how the structure of an organization can create barriers that have a negative impact on its operations. Find out why managers want to reduce or eliminate these barriers and create a boundaryless organization.

Organizational Downsizing: Definition, Strategies & Business Impacts

7. Organizational Downsizing: Definition, Strategies & Business Impacts

In this lesson, you will learn why organizations choose to downsize their operations and about the implications that organizational downsizing has on organizational members.

Technology: How Organizations Turn Inputs to Outputs

8. Technology: How Organizations Turn Inputs to Outputs

In this lesson, you will learn about the three different types of technologies used by organizations and how the type of technology used by an organization impacts the structure of that organization.

Organizational Size: Impacts on Structure and Design of an Organization

9. Organizational Size: Impacts on Structure and Design of an Organization

In this lesson, you will learn how the size of an organization impacts the structure and design of that organization in the areas of work specialization, departmentalization, and formalization.

Lean Organizational Structure

10. Lean Organizational Structure

In this lesson, you will learn how the structure of a lean organization differs from the structure of a traditional organization and the benefits organizations with lean structures have over organizations with traditional structures.

Strategy and Organizational Structure

11. Strategy and Organizational Structure

In this lesson you will learn the three different elements to organizational strategy and which organizational structures work best for each of these elements.

Organizational Design and Organizational Behavior

12. Organizational Design and Organizational Behavior

In this lesson, you will learn how two different elements of organizational structure influence the performance and behavior of members of organizations.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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