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Understanding Social Groups & Formal Organizations

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Please assist with the following so that I can complete the assignment:

Groups and Organizations
? Distinguish features of social groups from those of formal organizations.
? Project how formal organizations might evolve in the future.

? Compose a response to the following:
o Describe a social group and a formal organization that you are currently part of or
were a part of in the past.
o explain how each group or organization establishes membership, or describe how leadership is exhibited in each group.

? Review the following scenario: You work for a formal organization in the United States
that has an open, flexible organizational structure You have a relative, Micah, who works for a formal organization with a conventional, bureaucratic organizational structure. Micah is interested in working for your organization, but he does not have the education or skill set to work there. He says he wishes that his company would adopt a flexible organizational structure but doubts it is possible. You explain to Micah that you have been studying the evolution of formal organizations in your Sociology class and that you would like to conduct some research to determine how formal organizations, such as the one Micah works for, are likely to evolve in the future.

? Write a response summarizing your research results.

Address the following areas in your paper:
o Explain how formal organizations have evolved over the past century. What differences were there in organizations a century ago, compared to today's organizations? What are the current trends in formal organizations?
o Describe how each of the characteristics for formal organizations will need to evolve or change in Micah's organization to become more open and flexible. For example, how will activities or relationships need to change?
o Locate 3 to 5 articles or case studies in the trends in formal organizations and predict whether these trends are likely to take place in the future. Explain your reasoning for each of the predictions.
o Make an overall prediction based on your research results: how are formal organizations, such as Micah's, likely to evolve in the future?

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Dear Student,
I have already written solutions to the problems you've presented above in this posting, luckily. Therefore I am quite familiar to the issues you presented in the problem and I feel that it is important to separate the problems in your post and provide separate solutions for them (based on one of the current books I assume you are using authored by Macionis). You are presenting two issues I deem -

1. The Social & Formal Groups Comparison - while you ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides an analysis that explains the relationship of social groups to formal organizations. Using a case study, the solution distinguishes the features of social groups from formal organization & at the same time locates social groups within primary formal & even informal organizations. It also explains the evolution of formal to informal organizations & vice-versa.

The solution is comprehensive & provides two attachments: first is an essay on social & formal groups comparison and second, an essay on the evolution of formal & informal groups. The latter essay contains the case study on Micah & explains the evolution of organizations by using present-day examples from the manner in which Google is organized to how they relate to formal organizations like those in Wall Street. It also explains how some organizations are straddled in between, being both formal & informal due the nature of what it is about & how it operates (i.e. yahoo, google, ebay).