Week 4 assignment - 1 Evolution of Formal Organizations...

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Evolution of Formal Organizations Paper SOC/120 Jamie Jordan July 3, 2011 Christine Teramoto 1
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It is written in this paper on the bases of the thought that both formal organizations with conventional, bureaucratic organizational structure can possibly profit by adjusting to more of a flexible organizational structure. Some of the fields that will be explored will be the differences between formal and informal organizations, evolution of formal organizations over the past century, as well as the growing trend in formal organizations, and characteristics that are considered necessary for a formal organization to progress and material that has been researched on trends in formal organizations. Establishments and or corporations have been and will continue to steadily evolve over this past century. Large changes in the arrangement of such formal organizations have changed the way the conventional value system of organizations into a more modernized style organizational system. Businesses have integrated to a modern flexible organizational structure. Formal organizations now seem to be more profitable and employees are earning higher wages because of this increase in profit. Furthermore, consumers take advantage of the rewards purchasing lower priced products. If people study the differences in organizations over a century ago, compared to today’s organizations, they will notice these changes. Formal organizations were set up centuries ago. Early empires were governed by the privileged who implemented chain of command procedures and inflexible policies. Organizations were traditional and conservative with values and beliefs that were carried down from generation to generation. Chain of command consisted of the CEO, top executives, division leaders, middle managers, and 2
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rank and file workers. Each position within the rank structure was distinct and specialized with clearly defined rules and regulations governing all personnel within the organization. Groups were organized to achieve specific goals with the highest efficiency. Efficiency was believed to be achieved through careful selection during the hiring process. Each group had specialized professions from supervisors to file workers and all positions were based on technical competence. Positions were also based on patterns of privilege and exclusion i.e. women and minorities were excluded from higher ranking positions. Communications were typically formal and in writing rather than face to face. This kept personal relations to a minimum, helped preserve the rank structure, and sustain task orientation among employees. Modern organizations of the 21st century have evolved into a more open and flexible organizational structure. Organizations are shaped more by teamwork than traditional leadership standards. Chain of command consists of the CEO, senior managers, and numerous competing work teams. This open organization allows for flexibility in leadership and cooperation between personnel within the organization. Groups are organized with the intent to share
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