Boundary spanners mechanistic vs organic

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Unformatted text preview: g primarily concerns the exchange of information [Daft, 1989]. A boundary spanner is further defined as one who attempts to influence external environmental elements and processes. Thus, the fundamental task of a boundary-spanning strategist (BSS) is to make decisions concerning information gathered. Boundary spanners Mechanistic vs. Organic Organizations Mechanistic Mechanistic organizations have: Organic organizations have: Specialized jobs and Broadly defined jobs and Specialized Broadly responsibilities; responsibilities; responsibilities; responsibilities; Precisely defined, unchanging Loosely defined, Precisely Loosely roles; frequently changing roles; roles; frequently A rigid chain of command Decentralized authority; Centralized authority Horizontal Horizontal Vertical communication communication; communication; Based on sequential and Based Based on reciprocal Based pooled interdependence pooled interdependence interdependence Organization centered Task centered How to Improve How Organizational Structure Break business into smaller units Build teamwork Impose autonomy Create meaningful incentives Outsource non-operating activities Share business capabilities across units Matrix Organization Matrix Outsourcing Outsourcing + Time to focus on Time company’s primary function function + Increased level of Increased expertise expertise + Cost effectiv...
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2009 for the course AEM 1200 taught by Professor Perez,p.d. during the Spring '06 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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