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Organizational Structure

What are organizational structures and how does structure affect technology decisions?

What is a centralized, decentralized, bureaucratic, or flat organizational structure?

How does a strategic alignment model address both the internal and external IT domains? How useful is this model for organizations? What are some benefits and limitations?

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QUESTION: What are organizational structures and how does structure affect technology decisions?

An organizational structure is a "formal and informal framework of policies and rules, within which an organization arranges its lines of authority and communications, and allocates rights and duties" (http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/organizational-structure.html).

Technology decisions are affected by the structure of an organization. If an organization has a centralized structure, the decision making power is concentrated in the top layer of the management. Only a few people would make decisions about technology. If an organization has a decentralized structure,t he decision making power is distributed throughout the organization. Departments may make technology decisions independently of one another. ...

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