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Modernising structure

Old buildings can be terrific structures. In some cases, they may possess a level of craftsmanship lacking in many modern constructions. In others, they may possess an important historical significance. However, if the buildings were constructed before the age of electricity, renovators must make certain modifications to keep them functional. Renovators must decide: How should electricity and phone lines be routed? Can wheelchairs navigate the halls and move between levels? What about the needs of modern plumbing?

Sometimes, the changes can be made with a modest amount of effort. Cables can be run in unobtrusive places or concealed by skirting boards. Sometimes, the structures resist modernization; their very shape or the nature of their construction militates against simple solutions to these problems. To modernize these buildings effectively requires creativity and a sound strategy.

The same is true of organizations that have the weight of history behind them. In this Discussion, you will consider what organizational structures might resist modernization.

Question: Your Lecture Notes describe a trend among 'contemporary organizations' towards widening the span of control, flattening the structure and forming collaborative and flexible teams. What are the characteristics of your company (or a company you know well) that resist this trend? Describe three of these characteristics and in what way they resist modernization.

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Organizational structures that are prone to resist modernization in regard to management decision-making and authority structures include the police and military structures that exist in the United States. Police and military structures in the U.S. are very similar in regard to possessing a hierarchical structure that is very inflexible and resistant to change. According to the Department of Defense (DOD), this governmental agency has consistently attempted to establish a business enterprise architecture predicated upon a modernization blueprint, but despite over a decade of attempting to transition from its traditional model and structure through modernization of its business systems and processes in compliance with key provisions of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005 and amendments, the DOD has been unable to modernize its organizational structure and still faces long-standing challenges remain. This is because of resistance to change that is a fixture of both police and military organizations.

In the attempt to modernize its structure, the DOD has to deal with the weight of history that is associated with its hierarchical structure continues to hamper attempts to develop content for a modernized business enterprise architecture. This is despite the fact that the DOD has appropriated over $379 million dollars over the span of ten years in an attempt to modernize business rules as well as the organizational structure that it operates under. Many variables have played a role in constraining investments toward ensuring that modernization could occur, but the most glaring issue is the lack of a ...

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This solution discusses issues regarding modernizing buildings.

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