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Obvious or not true after all?
Hein
I was reading over this summary of the organic-mechanistic typology of Burns and Stalker, and at first sight it seems simple and logical: the best way to organize a company is contingent upon its environment in the following way:
If the environment of the firms is stable, go for the mechanistic organization type.
If the environment is changing (quickly), the organic organization form is preferable.
HOWEVER, assuming we all live in a fast-changing world (who would disagree with that), how come that we still find so many mechanistic organizations??? Maybe there's more to it than Burns and Stalker thought... I wonder what?
 

 
Resistance to Change
Alex Lowy
Countering Burns and Stalker's observation is the natural tendency of systems and those within them to resist change. Incumbents tend to hold onto out...Sign up
 

 
Mixture of both
Bhawna
Well in my opinion not many organization are opting for a typical mechanistic of organic structure. Both the systems have there own advantages and dis...Sign up
 

 
Mix of organic and mechanistic
Hein
Thanks Bwana for your correction, of course in reality we see mixtures of organic and mechanistic. But still my question remains relevant: how come th...Sign up
 

 
Fast Changing world?
Brendan Dunphy
The world as a whole may be changing more quickly but individual industries have different 'clock speeds' when it comes to change. I would suggest tha...Sign up
 

 
Creating an organic organization
Cameron
Many people (employees) have difficulty or dislike adapting to change. This makes it hard to setup an organic organization....Sign up
 

 
Mechanistic vs Organic Systems
Holmes
Why are there so many mechanistic organisations? The answers, are as ever, money, time and faith. The organic organisation by its very nature relies u...Sign up
 

 
Burns & Stalkers Typology
ullhas Pagey
Though Burns and Stalker typology provides a comprehensive framework to understand the difference between a bureaucratic and an organic organisation, ...Sign up
 

 
Burns and Stalker right or wrong?
John
I believe that Hein makes a fair comment. However what Burns and Stalker have done dates back to late 60's and not only is the market constantly chang...Sign up
 

 
 


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