Ch 19: Organization Design & Structure

About This Chapter

These text and video lessons are on organization design and structure. Get to know impacts of size on organizational structure and design, and structure and advantages of boundary-less organizations.

Organization Design & Structure - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our subject-matter experts present information about organization design and structure. You will see the advantages, disadvantages and examples of functional structure of an organization, the structure of a lean organization, and organizations that are e-business enabled and e-business enhanced. Additional lesson topics include:

  • Simple, functional and divisional organizational designs
  • Matrix, team and network types of contemporary organizational designs
  • Structure and design of an organization
  • Organic and mechanistic business structures of an organization
  • Different organizational designs and their behavioral implications

We created these as short lessons to make it easier to make steady progress on your study of this material. Log in from wherever you are whenever you have a few minutes to complete a lesson or two. We include an end of chapter test that will examine your understanding of the main chapter concepts.

10 Lessons in Chapter 19: Organization Design & Structure
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Functional Structure of an Organization: Advantages, Disadvantages & Example

1. Functional Structure of an Organization: Advantages, Disadvantages & Example

A functional organizational structure is one of several reporting structures a company could implement. Read on to learn why a company might implement a functional structure and the advantages and disadvantages for both company and staff.

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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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 Design and Structure

5. Organizational Design and Structure

There is a relationship between organizational design and structure because of different factors. Organizational size, organizational life cycle, strategy, environment and technology work together to form a complete organization.

Mechanistic & Organic Organizational Business Structures

6. 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.

Organizational Size: Impacts on Structure and Design of an Organization

7. 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

8. 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.

E-Business Enhanced and E-Business Enabled Organizations

9. E-Business Enhanced and E-Business Enabled Organizations

Businesses use the Internet in different ways. Some use it as a part of their business, while some use it to run the entire business. In this lesson, we will discuss the differences between e-business enhanced and e-business enabled businesses.

Behavioral Implications of Different Organizational Designs

10. Behavioral Implications of Different Organizational Designs

Organizational culture influences how employees behave and the design of an organization can affect its culture, thereby also impacting how employees act. In this lesson, we'll discuss the impact organizational structure can have on employee behavior.

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