Disadvantages Of Organisational Structure

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An organisational structure defines how activities such as task allocation, coordination and supervision are directed toward the achievement of organisational aims. It can also be considered as the viewing glass or perspective through which individuals see their organisation and its environment. There are many different organisational structures. These are a few of them: • Tall Structures • Centralised structures • Matrix • Functional • Flat • De-Centralised Structures Flat Structures Taking out levels of hierarchy creates a flatter organisation structure. In this structure, there is one person at the top who everyone reports to. There are very few level and wide areas of responsibility within this structure. As there are very few levels this means that there are only short lines of communication. Advantages of flat structures: • Staff involvement where they feel they can take on more responsibility. • Greater communication. • Improved team spirit. • Less bureaucracy and easier decision making. • Lower costs. • Decisions can get stuck as a result of consulting with many members of staff. • Limited to smaller organisations. • The function of each department becomes blurred as roles merge. Disadvantages of flat structures: • Staff may be reporting to multiple managers. This is known as matrix management. It draws on employees from different disciplines without changing their roles. Skills and information flow horizontally and this type of management is used to coordinate
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