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The Structure Aspect



The way an organization is structured depends on its type and size. A science museum will have different buildings, internal departments, and workplaces to an aircraft factory and they will both be different to a university campus or a financial institution.

Some organizations, such as supermarkets, may rely heavily on a physical presence with recognizable buildings. Other organizations may require virtually no physical presence at all, as with a firm of consultants employing staff working from home.

The ‘Structure’ impacts the individual in terms of where they commute to; their department, job, and workplace; and to whom they report.


The organization is also part of an environment of other groups, agencies, partners and competitors, which we collectively call the external infrastructure.


The six elements of Structure

Physical deployment
Functional composition

Roles and jobs

Workplaces

Reporting structure

External infrastructure

The location of real estate and people
The functional parts of the organization
What staff do
Where staff perform their jobs
Who individuals report to

External organizations involved >>>