398 CHAPTER NOTES 04 EXT ENV - CHAPTER FOUR THE EXTERNAL...

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CHAPTER FOUR THE EXTERNAL ENVIRONMENT CHAPTER OVERVIEW Knowing that organizations are open systems, the theme of this chapter is to describe the relationship between organization and environment. Environmental domains are identified for analysis, and frameworks that show how environment should influence structure are discussed. Organizational response to the need for information and the need for resources, using techniques of structural design, planning systems, imitation, and attempts to change and control elements in the environment, will be presented. CHAPTER OUTLINE The Environmental Domain Organizational environment includes all the elements that exist outside the boundary of the organization and have the potential to affect all or part of the organization. Environmental domain is the chosen territory of action defining the niche and external sectors with which the organization will interact to accomplish its goals. Sectors are subdivisions of the external environment that contain similar elements. Task Environment Task environment includes sectors with which the organization interacts directly, including: Industry sector Raw materials sector Market sector Human resources sector International sector General Environment General environment includes those sectors that may not have a direct impact on the daily operations of the firm but that influence the industry or economy in general ways that in turn indirectly influence the organization. Often included are: Government sector Sociocultural sector Economic conditions Technology sector Financial resources sector International Context The international sector can directly affect many organizations, and it has become extremely important in the last few years. For example, the Japanese alone own more than 1,000 U.S. companies, including steel mills, rubber and tire factories, automobile assembly plants, and
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2011 for the course BUSINESS 398 taught by Professor Allanmarshal during the Spring '11 term at Wilfred Laurier University .

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398 CHAPTER NOTES 04 EXT ENV - CHAPTER FOUR THE EXTERNAL...

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