12 structure - Structure: A mechanism for controlling...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–5. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Structure: A mechanism for controlling uncertainty Professor Samuel B. Bacharach, Professor William Sonnenstuhl
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
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
Background image of page 2
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.
Background image of page 3

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
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. Spatial complexity: The number of
Background image of page 4
Image of page 5
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Page1 / 21

12 structure - Structure: A mechanism for controlling...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 5. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online