Review the information presented in Chapter 12 of the course text.
Focus on the information about formal versus informal structure as well as the
types of organizational structures.
Consider the overall structure or hierarchy of your organization
or one with which you are familiar. Which organizational structure best
describes your organizationâ€”line (or bureaucratic), ad hoc, matrix, service
line, or flat? Note: It
is possible to have a combination of structures in one organization. Is
decision making centralized or decentralized in this organization?
What is the role of committees, task forces, and councils in the
organization, and who is invited to join? Consider how this relates to formal
and informal leadership.
Reflect on how decisions are made within a specific department or
unit. Which stakeholders provide input or influence the decision-making
process? Assess this in terms of formal and informal leadership.
To support your analysis, consider your own experiences and
investigate these matters by speaking with others at the organization and
reviewing available documents. Be sure to consider how the concepts of formal
and informal structure and leadership relate to one another and are
demonstrated in the organization and in the particular department or unit.
Posta depiction of your organizationâ€™s formal structure, indicating
whether it is best described as line, ad hoc, matrix, service line, flat, or a
combination. Describe how decisions are made within the organization and within
one department or unit in particular, noting relevant attributes of
centralized/decentralized decision making. Explain the influence of formal and
informal leadership on decision making within this department or unit.