Week 5 – Assess An Organization’s Structure And Propose Changes
A common approach for assessing an organization’s structure is examining organic and mechanistic characteristics. This assessment tool has been used by researchers and others who study organizational behavior. (Dust, Resick, & Mawritz, 2014). Thinking about your current organization or an organization familiar to you, assess its current structure based on the mechanistic and organic approach. Create an organizational diagram that accurately depicts the current organizational structure (using PowerPoint or another drawing tool). On a scale of 1 to 10, rate your perception of the following characteristics:
· Mechanistic vs. Organic
· Task Role: Rigid or Flexible
· Communication: Vertical or Multidirectional
· Decision Making: Centralized or Decentralized
· Sensitivity to Environment: Closed or Open
After completing your analysis, prepare a brief summary analyzing your results and determine whether you were surprised by your responses. Support your response with examples. Then, identify which aspects of your organization’s structure you would change. Create an updated organizational chart that accurately depicts the new organizational structure and explain why and how this new design reflects an improvement of the organization’s ability to meet its goals. End your paper by explaining how management might assess whether the proposed new organizational structure is working as intended after 6-12 months. What key performance indicators would you measure and why?
Support your assignment with at least three scholarly resources. In addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly resources, including older articles, may be included.
Length: 4-5 pages, not including title and reference pages
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.
Week 5 – Rubric
|Content (8 Points)||Points|
|1||The organization structure is rated and an analysis presented based on the following characteristics· Mechanistic vs. Organic· Task Role: Rigid or Flexible· Communication: Vertical or Multidirectional· Decision Making: Centralized or Decentralized· Sensitivity to Environment: Closed or Open||3|
|2||Prepared a brief summary analyzing your results and used relevant examples.||2|
|3||Current and new organizational charts are included along with an explanation of desired changes and how management may assess whether it has desired effects||3|
|Organization (2 Points)|
|1||Organized and presented in a clear manner. Included a minimum of Three (3) scholarly references, with appropriate APA formatting applied to citations and paraphrasing; 3-4 pages in length.||2|