The paper "Hierarchical Organizational Structures" is a wonderful example fo a literature review on management. The relationship existing between an organization’ s structure and its capacity to accomplish its goals in the competitive business climate has in the 21st century come under the spotlight across major organizations globally. The increasingly changing business context and the competitive business environment have Infact raised questioned as to whether hierarchical organizational structures are still relevant in managing organizations faced with stiff competition. With scholar and researcher debating over this issue, searching for alternatives, and weighing these alternatives, a heterarchical organizational structure turned out to be a lucrative choice for some.
However, this has only served to intensify arguments surrounding the two organizational structures with regards to their strengths and limitations. In this particular paper, I cross-examine various kinds of literature pertaining to hierarchical and heterarchical organizational structures. While reviewing the extant literature, I question some arguments and counterarguments regarding the two organizational structures and develop a concrete personal view as applicable to the arguments. In selecting a firm’ s organizational structure, the management is often in search of an organizational structure that has the potential of not only bringing out a properly coordinated and efficient unit, but also an effective one.
The choice is often quite important as a proper grouping of employees and works ultimately facilitate the business activities while also enabling employees to realize the firm’ s vision and mission. However, among other organizational structures, increased considerations and emphasis have often been placed on hierarchical organizational structures and, of recent, heterarchical organizational structures. A hierarchical organization structure is an organizational structure that uses a top-down approach in organizational decision making.
In such an organization, the employees are often ranked on different levels, with each level being over the other. Hierarchical organizational structures are frequently tall but with narrow control spans that become wider towards the bottom of the structure.
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