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organic and mechanistic organizations

I need assistance with the following questions.
1. Discuss and contrast the relative value and use of organic and mechanistic organizations. When would each be best?

2. Organizational goals are important, where do they originate? Also, what is the possible impact goals may have on an organization and its activities.

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Let us first compare some of the features and characteristics of each type of organization.

Mechanistic Organizations:

High Specialization
Rigid Departmentalization
Clear Chains of command
Narrow Spans of Control
Highly centralized
Highly formalized
Bureaucracy
Well-oiled machine

Organic Organizations:

Cross-Functional Teams
Cross Hierarchical Teams
Free Flow of information
Wide Spans of Control
Decentralized
Low Formalization
Adhocracy
Adaptable Amoeba

source: http://www.csun.edu/~dmz51283/360-S06/In-class%20PPTs/21

In recent times, the trend is more towards organic organizations due to the fact that today's dynamic and fast business environment requires organization to be more flexible and easily adaptable to changing dynamics of the business environment. Further, there is a greater need to empower the employees which is more possible in organic ...

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Discuss and contrast the relative value and use of organic and mechanistic organizations. When would each be best?

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