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Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands
Someone asked me the other day: what exactly is an organization? DEFINITION OF AN ORGANIZATION Well, in in simple terms, an organization is defined as: "an entity comprising one or more people that has at least one particular purpose". An organization is usually made up of various sub-organizations like business units and departments with specialized tasks. EXAMPLES OF ORGANIZATIONS Typical examples of organizations are: A business firm / company / corporation (for profit organizations) A government agency An NGO An association of volunteers A charity Various strategic alliances and partnerships A joint-venture An educational institution A special purpose vehicle A spin-off Etc. CRITERIA FOR AN ORGANIZATION As you can see in the above examples, organizations can differ a lot among each other. But organizations do have six things in common: PURPOSE: They have at least one purpose / goal (that could be a pure economic and/or a moral purp (...) Read more? Sign up for free

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