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What are Organizations?

  • Elizabeth Chell

Abstract

An organization is the rational coordination of the activities of a number of people for the achievement of some common explicit purpose or goal, through division of labour and function, and through a hierarchy of authority and responsibility (Schein, 1980, p. 15). An organization is a collection of interacting and interdependent individuals who work toward common goals and whose relationships are determined according to a certain structure (Duncan, 1981). An organization is a relatively enduring social system which is purposive and hierarchical (Mansfield, 1984).

Keywords

Organizational Design Work Organization Organizational Goal Contingency Theory Organizational Chart 
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Copyright information

© Elizabeth Chell 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth Chell
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  1. 1.University of SalfordUK

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