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Week 12 - Organizing

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Ryerson University
Global Management Studies
GMS 200
Sui Sui

Monday, April 4, 2011 GMS 200 WEEK 12 Organizing Study Questions 1. What is organizing as a management function? 2. What are the major types of organization structures? 3. What are the new developments in organization structures? 4. What organizing trends are changing the workplace? Study Question 1 Organizing and organization structure Organizing: process of arranging people and other resources to work together to accomplish a goal Organization Structure: system of tasks, workflows, reporting relationships, and communication channels that link together diverse individuals and groups Figure 10.1: Organizing viewed in Relationship with the other Management Functions Formal Structures: structure of the organization in its official state Organization Chart: shows the hierarchy of the organization What does an organization chart identify? Informal Structures: shadow organization made up of the unofficial, but often critical, working relationships between organization members What are the potential advantages and disadvantages of informal structures? o Informal learning that takes place as people interact informally through the workday o May carry inaccurate information May breed resistance to change Continental United (Wall Street Journal) Continental Airlines and United Airlines plan to merge operations While the business deal has yet to receive approval form the Justice Department and the Federal Aviation Administration, the two entities are already making plans for the transition
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