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Module 2      1 Module 2: Organizational Structure
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Module 2      2 Abstract Response to the first question portrays the contributions of peter blau to the subject of  organizations structure. His research provides strong evidence that increasing size is  related to increasing complexity. Response to the second question illustrate some of the  negative position that Argyris takes on Blau’s research and theory. Response to third  question   summarizes   arguments   posed   by   institutional   theorists   in   showing   the  weaknesses and flaws in neo-classical thinking of optimizing behavior. Response to the  fourth lists some of the relationships between organizational culture and organizational  structure which are very much intertwined. Response to fifth question points differences  between American and Japanese firms. .
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Module 2      3 Module 2 Deliverables Assignments:  Questions Question   1:   Describe   the   contributions   of   Peter   Blau   to   the   subject   of  organizational structure. Response: Peter Blau was a leading figure in sociology throughout the second half of  the twentieth century, and by its end among the most cited of all active sociologists. His  major contributions were to the study of macro social structure— analyzing the large- scale   systems   of   organizations,   social   classes,   and   the   dimensions   around   which  societies are structured. Based on the empirical studies he and his associates(Blau,  1968, 1970, 1972, 1973) had conducted, Blau  proposed that 1) size increases structural  complexity   (differentiation),   which  in   10  BIOGRAPHICAL   MEMOIRS   turn   increases  pressures for coordination—the addition of administrators. But at the same time 2) size  increases scale— the average size of organizational subunits—a development likely to  be associated with administrative economies. Hence, size has two analytically distinct  effects,  which   account  for   the   in  determinant   and  conflicting  association  observed  between size and bureaucratization. “Their data were collected primarily from studies of  government   agencies,   such   as   state   employment   services   and   municipal   finance 
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Module 2      4 divisions, with supplementary data from universities and department stores-in other  words, from more service- based organizations. In general, this research provides  strong evidence that increasing size is related to increasing complexity. Blau (1970) noted that, as consequence of the association between size and 
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