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Ch 21: Organizational Structure and Design: Help and Review

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The Organizational Structure and Design chapter of this Organizational Behavior Help and Review course is the simplest way to understand organizational structure and design. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of organizational structure and design.

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Anyone who needs help learning or mastering organizational behavior material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn organizational behavior. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding organizational structure and design
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning business (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about organizational structure and design
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra business learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the organizational structure and design chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the organizational structure and design chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any organizational structure and design question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in an organizational structure and design unit of a standard organizational behavior course. Topics covered include:

  • Organic and mechanistic organizational structures
  • Role specialization in organizations
  • Authority in centralized and decentralized organizations
  • Traditional and contemporary organizational designs
  • Organizational downsizing

24 Lessons in Chapter 21: Organizational Structure and Design: Help and Review
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.

Organizational Design and Structure

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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.

Authority in Centralized & Decentralized Organizations

5. Authority in Centralized & Decentralized Organizations

There are several approaches to authority. In this lesson, learn about the centralized organization, where authority is top-down through a chain of command. Contrast that with the decentralized organization, where authority is assigned at different levels in the hierarchy.

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

6. 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

7. 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.

Bureaucracy: Max Weber's Theory of Impersonal Management

8. Bureaucracy: Max Weber's Theory of Impersonal Management

At a time when organizations were run like families, Max Weber looked for ways to bring a more formalized structure to organizations. Weber created the idea of bureaucratic management where organizations are more authoritative, rigid and structured. This lesson will describe the development of bureaucracy and common characteristics of bureaucratic organizations.

The Boundaryless Organization: Structure and Advantages

9. 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.

Characteristics of Informal Organizations: The Grapevine & Informal Groups

10. Characteristics of Informal Organizations: The Grapevine & Informal Groups

Have you ever thought about how important the relationships you have with your coworkers are to your organization? This lesson will discuss the common elements of informal organizations including their characteristics, informal groups, and the grapevine.

Organizational Downsizing: Definition, Strategies & Business Impacts

11. 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.

Strategy and Organizational Structure

12. 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.

The Organizational Life Cycle

13. The Organizational Life Cycle

In this lesson, you will learn about the four stages of the organizational life cycle and how organizations change as they pass through these sequential stages.

Technology: How Organizations Turn Inputs to Outputs

14. 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

15. 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

16. 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.

Organizational Design and Organizational Behavior

17. 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.

E-Business Enhanced and E-Business Enabled Organizations

18. 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.

What Is Management by Objectives (MBO)? - Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

19. What Is Management by Objectives (MBO)? - Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

In this lesson, you will learn about Management by Objectives, its definition and some of its advantages and disadvantages. You will also have an opportunity to reinforce your knowledge with a brief quiz after the lesson.

Internal Strengths & Weaknesses in SWOT Analysis: Definition & Examples

20. Internal Strengths & Weaknesses in SWOT Analysis: Definition & Examples

An organization must have the ability to examine and make changes based on internal strengths and weaknesses. The use of tools such as the SWOT analysis is the key to a successful organization.

What is Vertical Integration? - Definition, Examples & Benefits

21. What is Vertical Integration? - Definition, Examples & Benefits

What do firms do when they want to increase their competitiveness? Some companies adopt a vertical integration strategy. In this lesson, you will learn what vertical integration is and how it is used.

Reduction in Force Best Practices

22. Reduction in Force Best Practices

A reduction in force may be necessary for budget or restructuring reasons, but all bases should be covered to protect employee and business. In this lesson, you'll learn some best practices for a reduction in force.

Reduction in Force: Definition & Guidelines

23. Reduction in Force: Definition & Guidelines

In this lesson, we will examine various scenarios that may result in a reduction in force, or RIF, as well as some of the parameters that are often in place regarding which teachers will be cut and how they will be rehired.

Reduction in Force Letter Template

24. Reduction in Force Letter Template

Writing a reduction in force letter can be difficult. In this lesson, we'll provide a sample letter template that can be customized for your organization to help make the notification process simple and organized.

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