Optimum Organization Design: An Analytic-Adoptive Approach

Huber, George P.; Ullman, Joseph; Leifer, Richard
October 1979
Academy of Management Review;Oct79, Vol. 4 Issue 4, p567
Academic Journal
The authors outline an approach for optimally designing an organization and report on a case where the approach was effectively implemented on a large scale.They examine what the concept of optimum organization design is and discuss several examples. They examine the design variables that are incorporated into the design process. They identify design variables as the structural and technological aspects of an organization such as the span of control the organization will have and the degree of task specialization that will be required within the organization. In an optimum organization design these variables will be established in an balance that is aimed at maximizing the achievement of the organization's goals.


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