After finishing with the background page and readings, go to the following interview with Rosabeth Moss Kanter, who is a renowned Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, and an influential business advisor. Among other things, in this interview she talks about the evolution of changes in organizational structure in the past decades, and the link to employees well-being and functioning.
Both of the following articles can be found in the Trident University Library
Puffer, S. (2004) Changing organizational structures: An interview with Rosabeth Moss Kanter. Academy of Management Executive, 18(2).
The following article looks at changing organizational structures as open systems and the effect on managers.
Buhler, P. M. (2011). Changing organizational structures and their impact on managers. Supervision, 72(2), 24-26.
Write a 4- to 5-page critique answering the questions below.
1An organizations structure can have significant effects on its members. What might those effects be? Analyze the behavioral implications of different organizational designs and use at least three examples, Quicken Loans being one of them.
2Is it possible to generalize and say that a certain structure is better than others? That is, is there a structure that is superior in terms of its effects on its members?
Keys to the Assignment
The key aspects of this assignment that should be covered in your paper are:
Define the problem: Explain the relationship between organizational structure and human behaviors.
Analyze the cause: Analyze how specific organizational designs can elicit predictable attitudes and motivations. Be sure to use Quicken Loans as one of your examples (refer back to Module
Propose a solution: Take a position on Question 2 and defend it with references to the concepts in the readings in this module and any previous modules that you find relevant.