ch10-scott-2003-OT - Sources of Structural Complexity: The...

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1 Sources of Structural Complexity: The Peripheral Components I. Size and structure (1) Defining and measuring size Size measures how much of the work the organization carries on – the scale on which the work is conducted. the physical capacity of an organization (e.g., square footage of floor space in a factory, number of beds in a hospital) current scale of performance (e.g., sales volumes, number of clients) a measure of discretionary resources available to the organization (e.g., net assets) the number of employees (participants) As structure variables, researchers have employed the measures of formalization, centralization, and bureaucratization.
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2 Sources of Structural Complexity: The Peripheral Components I. Size and structure (2) Size, bureaucratization, and differentiation The degree of bureaucratization the relative size of the administrative components of an organization The degree of differentiation the number of different types of organizational subunits. Large organizations tend to be structurally more complex and differentiated. Organizations show less consistent association between organizational size and bureaucratization. Larger organizational size, by increasing structural differentiation , increases the size of the administrative component. However, at the same time, larger organizational size, by increasing the volume of homogenous work within organizational subunits, reduces the size of the administrative component (the degree of bureaucratization).
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3 Sources of Structural Complexity: The Peripheral Components I. Size and structure (3) Size, formalization, and centralization Formalization refers to the extent to which roles and relationships are specified independently of the personal
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This note was uploaded on 12/06/2010 for the course MANAGEMENT 12345 taught by Professor Dr.eslami during the Spring '10 term at University of Management and Technology.

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ch10-scott-2003-OT - Sources of Structural Complexity: The...

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