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Below is a sample breakdown of the Organizational Structure and Design chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Relationship of organizational structure to design; mechanistic vs. organic structures; work specialization||Chain of command and span of control; size, life-cycle, strategy, technology and environment of the organization; purpose of role specialization|
|Tuesday||Authority; traditional vs. contemporary organization designs; bureaucracy||Delegation, unity of command, centralized/decentralized organizations; functional, devisional and simple designs; team, matrix and network designs; Weber's impersonal management|
|Wednesday||Informal organizations, downsizing, organizational strategy and the organizational life cycle||Boundaryless organizations, informal groups, the grapevine, preparation for downsizing, innovation and imitation strategies; start-up, growth, maturity and decline stages|
|Thursday||Technology and organizational size||Degree of routineness, complexity, unit technology, mass technology and process technology; effects of size on structure, specialization, departmentalization and formalization|
|Friday||Lean structure; relationship between design and behavior; e-business||Value stream, effects of structure, work specialization and centralization; e-business enabled or enhanced|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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