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Ch 2: Organizational Structures

About This Chapter

This chapter can help you prepare for business exams that test your understanding of organizational structures, such as hierarchical and adaptive structures. Each lesson succinctly captures the key concepts in a clear, engaging way.

Organizational Structures - Chapter Summary

This chapter is dedicated to the advantages and disadvantages of various organizational structures used in business. Through the various lessons in this chapter, you can review functional, matrix, divisional, hierarchical, and adaptive organizational structures. You can study the key features that distinguish these models and assess which structures are best-suited for different business circumstances.

Studying the lessons in this chapter will enable you to complete the following objectives:

  • Provide example scenarios of different business organizational structures
  • Outline the defining characteristics, pros, and cons of functional, matrix, and divisional (or multi-divisional) structures
  • Suggest alternative organizational models for a business that wants to change its structure
  • Compare and contrast the hierarchical (vertical) and adaptive (horizontal) organizational structures

Our business education instructors have diverse professional backgrounds and teaching experiences, bringing you a holistic set of lessons about organizational structures. Our video lessons are an excellent tool to boost learning as they can help you visualize these structures through animated diagrams. Make sure to complete all the lesson quizzes so you can gauge your understanding. Remember, you can use the video markers to navigate to a certain point in the video lesson, or you can skim the transcript if you need to check something.

5 Lessons in Chapter 2: Organizational Structures
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Organizational Structure: Definition, Types & Examples

1. Organizational Structure: Definition, Types & Examples

Organizational structure influences how a business operates from the inside out. In this lesson, we'll explore the three most common forms of organizational structure relevant to today's business.

Functional Structure of an Organization: Advantages, Disadvantages & Example

2. 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.

Matrix Organizational Structure: Advantages, Disadvantages & Examples

3. Matrix Organizational Structure: Advantages, Disadvantages & Examples

A matrix organizational structure is one of the most complicated reporting structures a company can implement. Read on to learn why a company might implement a matrix structure and the advantages and disadvantages for both company and staff.

Organizational Divisional Structure: Advantages, Disadvantages & Example

4. Organizational Divisional Structure: Advantages, Disadvantages & Example

A divisional structure is a common organizational form used in business. In this lesson, you'll learn about divisional structures, including their advantages and disadvantages. You'll also have an opportunity to take a short quiz after the lesson.

Hierarchical vs. Adaptive Organizational Structures

5. Hierarchical vs. Adaptive Organizational Structures

How does an organization's structure impact the organization? In this lesson, we'll look at hierarchical and adaptive organizational structures, including what they are and some key benefits of each.

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