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Organizing in Business Management - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Do you have a closet in your house that always seems to be a mess? Chances are at some point in your life you have experienced a state of extreme chaos. Why does chaos like this occur? Many times it's a direct result of a lack of organization. If the things in that closet were put into boxes or stacked on shelves, then the mess would disappear, because everything would be organized.
In business, organization plays a similar role. With organization, you can maintain a happy workforce, keep your accounts managed and make sure you have products ready to sell. Without organization, your business could face disaster. You may end up running out of products, having disgruntled employees or creating a huge debt that you can no longer control.
Organization within a business goes hand-in-hand with planning. It's hard to have one without the other. Our video lessons will teach you about organizational design and structure. You'll discover the roles of size, life-cycle, strategy, environment and technology in organizational design and structure. Our lessons will also introduce you to bureaucratic organizations. You'll learn what a bureaucratic organization is and discover the difference in mechanic and organic structures.
Some of the concepts covered by our lessons also include work specialization, types of organizational structures and characteristics of informal organizations. You'll also have the chance to study authority in organizations. See how authority works in centralized and decentralized organizations and learn more about related concepts, such as chain of command, delegation and span of control. Thanks for watching!
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
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. 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.
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Other chapters within the Business 101: Principles of Management course
- Management Basics
- Classical School of Management
- Behavioral School of Management Theory
- Contemporary and Future School of Management Theory
- Organizational Change
- Work Teams
- Leading in Organizations
- Leadership Theory
- Motivation in the Workplace
- Communication in the Workplace
- Controlling in Organizations
- Human Resources
- Strategic Management and Managerial Decision Making
- Production and Quality Assurance
- International Management and Contemporary Issues
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