These are the items for the Mid-term test!
Please understand that I included Ch. 5 for the test. I think you need to know the global dimension for designing a structure. Enjoy your study!
Mid-term Exam Study Guide, Spring, 2016
The following items are provided to give you a guide for preparing the mid-term exam. Please try to fully understand what it means and its implication for the design of an organization structure. The number in the parenthesis indicates the number of test question from each chapter. Total number of the question is 30.
Ch 1 Introduction to Organizations
Current challenges, Definition of organization, Importance of organization. Structural dimensions, Contingency factors, An example of organizational configuration, Organic and mechanistic designs. (7)
Ch. 2 Structural design for organizations
3 key components for defining structure, Vertical information linkages, Horizontal information linkages, Functional structure, Horizontal structure, Virtual networks and outsourcing, Symptoms of structural deficiency (7)
Ch 3 Strategy & effectiveness
Strategic intent, Operating goals, Cost leadership strategy and differentiation strategy and their implication for structure, Other contingency factors affecting organizational design, An integrated effectiveness model. (6)
Ch 5 Global Organization Design
Motivations for global expansion, The global organizational design challenge, Global coordination mechanisms, The transnational model of organization (4)
Ch 6 The Impact of Environment
Organization domain, Environmental uncertainty, 5 ways for adapting to environmental uncertainty, Establishing formal relationships Influencing key sectors (6)
1) Please explain the definition of organization structure and what advantages we
can have from taking an information sharing perspective on structure.
2) Please explain the relationships between strategy and structure using Chandler’s (1962) argument, ‘structure follows strategy.’