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Structure: A mechanism for controlling uncertainty Professor Samuel B. Bacharach, Professor William Sonnenstuhl
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Structure Defined: The form of the organization Those characteristics that place parameters on the organization in terms of space and time Structure designates authority relationships Structure identifies specific grouping of individuals Structure ensure effective communication and coordination
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Dimensions of structure Formalization: Amount of written documentation such as regulations, policies, job descriptions. Specialization: The degree to which organizational tasks are divided separate jobs. It is also referred to as the division of labor. Standardization: The extent to which similar work activities are performed in a similar way. Hierarchy of authority: Who reports to whom and the span of control of managers. When span of control is narrow, the hierarchy is tall.
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Dimensions continued: Complexity: number of activities or subsystems in the organization. Vertical complexity: The number of levels in the hierarchy Horizontal complexity: The numer of job titles or departments existing horizontally across the organization.
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  • Spring '06
  • BACHARACH/SONNENSTUH
  • technological complexity, Technological Complexity and Structure, Complexity Low Medium

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