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Organizational Structures

What are the characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of various organizational structures? Using your experience, what is the relationship between strategy, structure, and process in organizations?

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Organizational Structure refers to the arrangement of the lines of responsibility, authority and communication in an organization. Most structures are created as a hierarchy with employees and their rank arranged in vertical layers and the layers above are superior to the layers below. All the employees in all the levels work towards the goals of the organization. Organizational structures can be centralized or decentralized.

1. Centralized - Authority is in the upper levels of management where the directions and orders come from top management and those in the lower levels follow them.

Advantages: centralized authority may produce better perspectives for the organization as a whole and how the different departments can assist in reaching the organization's goals; beneficial ...

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The solution discusses the characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of various organizational structures. It also narrates ones experience which shows the relationship between strategy, structure, and process in organizations. References are included.

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