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Write a research paper about mechanistic organizational structure and organic organizational structure in which you address environmental considerations and changes and compare and contrast the two types of structure in terms of their differences and their application to the current environment.
It is useful to focus on the importance of designing organizations that are flexible and responsive in the hyper-competitive and rapidly changing global marketplace of today. Because of the nature of today’s environment, it is absolutely critical that organizations be flexible, adaptable to change, and completely focused on the customer. This requires that they are able to completely reinvent themselves as necessary. It can literally mean the difference between success and failure.
Questions to Consider
To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community.What trends will have the greatest effect on business in the future?
How has the concept of organizational structure evolved over time?
What impact might the trend toward more flexible organization structures have on your career, and how can you adapt?
What do we mean when we talk about mechanistic and organic organizational structure?How do these types of structures influence organizational performance and the ability of an organization to learn and adapt to changes in the environment?
Is one type preferable over the other?
ResourcesSuggested ResourcesThe following optional resources are provided to support you in completing the assessment or to provide a helpful context. For additional resources, refer to the Research Resources and Supplemental Resources in the left navigation menu of your courseroom.Capella ResourcesClick the links provided to view the following resources:Thinking Habits of Mind, Heart, and Imagination.
New Business Realities of the 21st Century.
Organization Structure, Learning, and Performance Theory Paper.
The following e-books or articles from the University Library are linked directly in this course:Library ResourcesGalbraith, J. R. (2014). Designing organizations: Strategy, structure, and process at the business unit and enterprise levels (3rd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Wheatley, M. J., & Kellner-Rogers, M. (1996). A simpler way. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler.
Course Library GuideA University library guide has been created specifically for your use in this course. You are encouraged to refer to the resources in the BUS-FP4013 – Organizational Structure, Learning, and Performance Library Guide to help direct your research.Additional ResourcesThe resource listed below is relevant to the topics and assessments in this course and is not required.Lawler, E. E. (1996). From the ground up: Six principles for building the new logic corporation. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Assessment InstructionsWhat do we mean when we talk about mechanistic and organic organizational structure? How do these types of structures influence organizational performance and the ability of an organization to learn and adapt to changes in the environment? Is one type preferable over the other?
Complete the following:Briefly define mechanistic organizational structure and organic organizational structure.
Compare and contrast the main differences between the two types of organizational structure.
Explain how environmental changes translate into mechanistic versus organic organizational structure.
Describe how the current environment is changing and where you see it heading.
Compare how mechanistic organizations handle the turbulence of hyper-change and hyper-competition versus how organic organizations address the same issues.
Explain which type of organizational structure you feel is more applicable to the current local and global environment, and why.
To successfully complete this assessment, you will need to conduct some research into mechanistic and organic organizational structure. You should format this assessment as a research paper following APA 6th edition guidelines for both style and citing sources, making sure that you also use correct grammar and mechanics. There is no required minimum or maximum page length; however, you should strive to be as detailed as possible in addressing each bullet point, while also being as clear and concise as possible.
Please note: The term environment is used throughout this course to mean all of the external factors that affect an organization. These include, but are not limited to, the overall global market, the industry as a whole, and the financial market.
Mechanistic Versus Organic Scoring GuideCRITERIADISTINGUISHEDDefine mechanistic and organic organizational structure.Explains mechanistic and organic organizational structure and provides relevant real-world examples to illustrate explanation.Compare and contrast differences between mechanistic and organic organizational structure.Analyzes the differences between mechanistic and organic organizational structure.Explain how local and global environmental changes translate into mechanistic versus organic organizational structure.Analyzes how local and global environmental changes translate into mechanistic versus organic organizational structure.Describe current and future changes in the local and global environment.Analyzes current and future changes in the local and global environment.Compare mechanistic and organic organizations in terms of how each handle hyper-change and hyper-competition.Analyzes the similarities and differences in how mechanistic and organic organizations handle hyper-change and hyper-competition.Explain the organizational structure that is most applicable to the current local and global environment.Analyzes the organizational structure characteristics to determine which is most applicable to the current local and global environment.
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