Obvious or not true after all?

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Hein, Belgium

Obvious or not true after all?

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?


Alex Lowy, Canada

Resistance to Change

Countering Burns and Stalker's observation is the natural tendency of systems and those within them to resist change. Incumbents tend to hold onto outmoded structures, processes and methods well past their prime and suitability for a host of understandable yet unhelpful reasons.

Bhawna, India

Mixture of both

Well in my opinion not many organization are opting for a typical mechanistic of organic structure. ... Sign up

Hein, Belgium

Mix of organic and mechanistic

Thanks Bwana for your correction, of course in reality we see mixtures of organic and mechanistic. B... Sign up

Brendan Dunphy, France

Fast Changing world?

The world as a whole may be changing more quickly but individual industries have different 'clock sp... Sign up

Cameron, US

Creating an organic organization

Many people (employees) have difficulty or dislike adapting to change. This makes it hard to setup a... Sign up

Holmes, UK

Mechanistic vs Organic Systems

Why are there so many mechanistic organisations? The answers, are as ever, money, time and faith. Th... Sign up

ullhas Pagey, India

Burns & Stalkers Typology

Though Burns and Stalker typology provides a comprehensive framework to understand the difference be... Sign up

John, England

Burns and Stalker right or wrong?

I believe that Hein makes a fair comment. However what Burns and Stalker have done dates back to lat... Sign up


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