Organizational Structure and Culture
In this week’s assignment we will be looking at organizational structure and organizational culture. We will first look at how organizational culture impacts organizational structure and vice versa. Then look at how organizational structure interacts and impacts the organization’s decision process.
Organizational Cultures Impact on Organizational Structure
The first part of this week’s assignment was to look at how organizational structure impacts organizational culture and vice versa. But before we look at that let us review what organizational structure and culture are. Organizational culture as defined from the text is the shared values, principles, traditions, and ways of doing things that influence the way organizational members set (Robbins, Decenzo, Coulter, 2013). Also an organization’s culture usually reflects the vision or mission of the organization’s founders (Robbins, Decenzo, Coulter, 2013). Organizational structure is a hierarchical arrangement of lines of authority, communication, rights and duties of an organization (BusinessDictionary.com, 2013). Organizational structure determines how the roles, power and responsibilities are assigned, controlled, and coordinated, and how information flows between different levels of management (BusinessDictionary.com, 2013).
Now with a review of what organizational structure and culture are let us look how they impact each other. There are many examples of structure design (i.e. simple, functional, divisional, team, matrix, project, ect.). The structure of an organization is selected to meet that organization’s mission and goals. Example a simple structure leans its self to small organizations as a divisional structure a larger organization with many separate units or divisions. The culture of an organization can be looked at as the heart and soul of the organization and is strongly influenced by the founding members of the organizations as it is being built. These two parts of an organization (structure and culture) are closely tied to allow the organizations to meet their goals. An organization requires a set structure to be able to operate but without shared values, principles, traditions, and ways of doing things (culture) the organization will not likely accomplish the goals. This can also be said about an organization that is rich with culture and strong traditions but if the organization does...