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Describe the basic forms of organization design. What are the advantages and...

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esther77 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 1, 2013 at 12:53 AM via web

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Describe the basic forms of organization design. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted May 1, 2013 at 10:14 PM (Answer #1)

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While there are myriad organizational designs, also called organization structures, there are a few underlying fundamental forms. These are tall vertical, flat horizontal, functional, product, matrix, and simple. Other forms, like boundariless and autonomous internal designs, fall withing these fundamental designs.

One example of advantages is illustrated with vertical and horizontal. In vertical, direction and command comes from the top of the power chain that facilitates strict goal accomplishment. A disadvantage with horizontal, in which authority lies with the consensus, is that goals may debated and diluted.

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