Organizational Structure: A Handbook for Sustainable Entrepreneurs

Organizational Structure: A Handbook for Sustainable Entrepreneurs is part of the Sustainable Entrepreneur’s Library of Resources for Organizational Design.  The Handbook begins with an introduction to organizational structure that includes a description of the building blocks of organizational structure and the way in which the structure of an organization typically evolves as it matures and grows; and discussions of some of the key challenges in designing the organizational structure (e.g., establishing the degree of horizontal and vertical differentiation, balancing differentiation and integration, balancing centralization and decentralization, and balancing standardization and mutual adjustment) and special topics such as tall versus flat organizational structures, the span of control, mechanistic and organic organizational structures, informal organizational structures and making changes to the organizational structure.  Another Guide in the Handbook builds on the introduction to the topic of organizational structure by providing a detailed discussion of several of the basic models of organizational structure including function-based structures, product-based structures, geographic-based structures, market-based structures, matrix structures and network structures.  The Handbook also covers several activities that need to be carried out in order to design an effective organizational structure and lays out certain fundamental principles for designing an effective organizational structure.  Additional Guides in the Handbook focus on project and team management.

The Handbook includes the following tabs:

Organizational Structure

Basic Models of Organizational Structure

Challenges in Designing the Organizational Structure

Designing the Organizational Structure

Project Management

Team Management

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