Organizational Structure

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to identify the 6 elements of an organization's structure

Agenda

Agenda

  1. Pretest
  2. Organizational Structure Overview
  3. Definitions of 6 Key Components to Organizational Structure
  4. Final Assessment

Organizational Structure

What do you know about organizational structure?

Organizational Structure is...

How job tasks are formally divided, grouped, and coordinated.

There are 6 key elements to designing an organization's structure: 



Pretest

Pretest

  • Work Specialization
    To what degree are tasks subdivided into separate jobs?
  • Deparentmentalization
    On what basis will jobs be grouped together?
  • Chain of Command
    To whom do individuals and groups report?
  • Span of Control
    How many individuals can a manager efficiently and effectively direct?
  • Centralization and Decentralization
    Where does decision-making authority lie?
  • Formalization
    To what degree will there be rules and regulations to direct employees and managers?

Definitions

6 Elements of an Organization's Structure

Assessment

Now that you have spent time looking at the 6 elements of an organizational structure, please complete the following 6 questions.

1. Which element of organizational structure is characterized by the number of employees that report to a manager?

2. Which element of organizational structure is characterized by the basis in which jobs are grouped together?

3. Which element of organizational structure states that tasks in the organization are subdivided into separate jobs?

4. Which element of organizational structure states that organizations can have decision making concentrated either at a single point in the organization or is distributed to lower-level employees?

5. Which element of organizational structure is characterized by a continuous line of authority that extends from upper organizational levels to the lowest level and clarifies who reports to whom?

6. Which element of organizational structure is characterized by the degree to which jobs within the organization are standardized?

Congratulations! You have completed this online module.

References

References

All images come from Google Images

Breward, K., Langton, N., Judge, T., Robbins, S. (2016). Organizational Structure. In Pearson Canada Inc. (Eds.), Organizational Behaviour(454-485). Don Mills, Ontario: Pearson.