Organic vs Mechanistic

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2. Society » 3. Education Organic Structure Vs. Mechanistic Structure Published December 28, 2007 by: Les View Profile | Follow | Add to Favorites More: Organizational Structure Groupthink Implementing a new sales process will take time and dedication. With our company utilizing the same processes for so long we are bound to see some types of resistance when change is implemented. Organizational structures can be sorted between organic and mechanistic. Organizational cultural also plays a big role when implementing change. Some resistance forces we are likely to encounter are within our organization. Once the organizational structure and cultural attribute is determined then the designing process can begin. Organic and mechanistic are on different ends of the spectrum. "In contingency theory, the term organic structure is used to describe an organizational structure that is designed to promote flexibility so that employees can initiate change and adapt quickly to changing conditions" (George & Jones, 2005, p. 508). This flexible structure is more like a team environment in which all the employees are able to handle any of the tasks. "In contingency theory, the term mechanistic structure is used to describe an organizational structure that is designed to induce employees to behave in predictable, accountable ways" (George & Jones, 2005, p. 508). All of the employees working in a mechanistic structure have assigned duties that they must perform and are prohibited to take on additional duties unless they are told so by management. "Organizational culture is the set of shared values, beliefs, and norms that influence the way employees think, feel, and behave toward each other and toward people outside the organization" (George & Jones, 2005, p. 535). The organization utilizes its structure to instill certain work and behavior attitudes into its employees. All the employees are taught how to handle conflict or any other type of hindrances. As I mentioned above, these values and beliefs are also utilized outside of work as well. Some organization-level resistances to change include power and conflict, differences in functional orientation, mechanistic structure, and organizational culture. In order to prevent power and conflict from interfering with the development of the new sales process, we will need to inform the organization as a whole of the change being implemented. Departments may define problems differently than each other
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which will interfere with the change being implemented. Mechanistic structures are so predictable that most if not all employees will resist change. The employees in this structure are assigned certain responsibilities they must obtain. Organizational cultures may resist change since they rely on their previous values and beliefs that the company taught them. It will be hard to alter the values and beliefs of the individuals within our organization. Group-level resistance includes group norms, group cohesiveness, groupthink and escalation of
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This note was uploaded on 09/21/2011 for the course CMA 203 taught by Professor Simonmorris during the Three '10 term at Charles Darwin.

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