Introduction to Choosing an Organizational Structure

What you’ll learn to do: Identify the best structures for different types of organizations

Not all organizations are created equally. Organizations have different strategic needs, and to facilitate those needs they should have an organizational structure that supports business activities. We’ve already learned about different kinds of organizational structures, from the rigid bureaucratic type to the loose and free boundaryless organizational structure. What works for one organization won’t work for another, and in many cases, organizations will employ more than one structure to get the job done. How do organizations determine how to proceed where structure is concerned?

A sign post with two signs pointing in opposite directions. Each sign reads "Organizational Structure"


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