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Ch 3: Types of Organizational Structures

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Review the different types of organizational structures before an important exam with help from this engaging chapter. You can access the video and text lessons in this comprehensive chapter any time on your mobile device or computer to prepare for test day.

Types of Organizational Structures - Chapter Summary

Our informative chapter outlines the different types of organizational structures. You'll take a look organizational strategy, the organizational structure of management and how different organizational designs can affect behavior. If you struggle with any of these topics, feel free to review these lessons as many times as needed. Use the video tabs feature to skip ahead or go back and review specific topics in the video lesson. Our lesson transcripts and text lessons can be printed to study offline as well. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain how organizational size and technology impacts the design and structure of an organization
  • Outline the advantages of a boundaryless organization
  • Differentiate between the different types of traditional organizational designs
  • Define flat organizational structure
  • Give an example of functional structure
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of organizational divisional structure
  • Explain bureaucratic organizational structure
  • Name some of the contemporary organizational designs
  • Give an example of a matrix organizational structure
  • Describe what a lean organizational structure is

14 Lessons in Chapter 3: Types of Organizational Structures
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What Is Organizational Structure of Management? - Types & Examples

1. What Is Organizational Structure of Management? - Types & Examples

In this lesson, we will provide an overview of the different types of organizational structures a company can utilize. Read on to learn why having an organizational structure is important.

Strategy and Organizational Structure

2. 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.

Behavioral Implications of Different Organizational Designs

3. 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.

Organizational Size: Impacts on Structure and Design of an Organization

4. 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.

Impact of Technology on Structure & Design of Organizations

5. Impact of Technology on Structure & Design of Organizations

Technology has changed many aspects of human life. In this lesson, we'll focus on the way it has changed how organizations work. In particular, we'll talk about how automation and information technology have impacted the workplace.

The Boundaryless Organization: Structure and Advantages

6. 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.

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

7. 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.

What Is a Flat Structure in an Organization? - Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

8. What Is a Flat Structure in an Organization? - Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

In this lesson, we'll define what organizational structure is, and explain some terms used to describe it. Then we'll cover the characteristics of the flat organizational structure, and discuss its advantages and disadvantages.

Functional Structure of an Organization: Advantages, Disadvantages & Example

9. 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.

Organizational Divisional Structure: Advantages, Disadvantages & Example

10. 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.

Bureaucratic Structure in an Organization: Definition & Explanation

11. Bureaucratic Structure in an Organization: Definition & Explanation

Bureaucratic structures are used in many organizations, including the military, government agencies like the Department of State, and large corporations. In this lesson, we'll define bureaucratic structure and you'll learn how one operates. You'll also be given an opportunity to reinforce your knowledge of this topic with a brief quiz.

Types of Contemporary Organizational Designs: Matrix, Team & Network Designs

12. 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.

Matrix Organizational Structure: Advantages, Disadvantages & Examples

13. 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.

Lean Organizational Structure

14. 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.

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