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

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Karyth Cara eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.