Organizational Structure: Culture-Free or Culture-Bound?

Two main hypotheses dominate the discussion of, and research on, the influence of culture on organizational structure across nations.  The first hypothesis is often referred to as the “culture-free” hypothesis and suggests that culture has no influence on the way organizations are structured and is supported with significant research showing organizations within many nations around the world reflect the same relationships between size, specialization, formalization, and decentralization.  However, other studies conducted over a number of decades have concluded that the culture-free hypothesis was incomplete and that it was necessary to take the cultural context of the organization into account to explain decisions about organizational structure.  The culture-free versus culture-b0und debate is discussed further in this month's report.

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