Week 3 – Assignment: Analyze Organizational Structures and Relationship to Systems Theory
Review the required resources and perform a search on organizational structures and systems theory. Then, write a report that includes all the following elements:
- Describe the three primary organizational structures: 1) functional, 2) divisional or sometimes called multi-divisional (most typically product or market-based) and 3) matrix.
- Provide two positive attributes and two negative attributes of each structure.
- Provide an example for each structure of a business (real or fictional) that might be well-suited to use that structure, and then explain why. For example, Ford Motor Company (do not use this example) uses a divisional structure that separates out its geographic markets such as North America, Europe, and South America because the types of vehicles they sell, where they build them and the way they market them varies greatly between those geographic markets.
- Elaborate on the concepts of systems theory in the context of organizational management. How does a consideration of systems aid business leaders in their decision-making process? Use one or more of your previous examples to illustrate your points.
Length: 4-6 pages, not including title and reference pages
References: Include a minimum of three scholarly resources, in addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly resources, including older articles, may be included.
Your assignment should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.
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