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What is an Organization?
Jaap de Jonge, Management Consultant, 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 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 and partnerships
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  • An educational institution
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  • 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:
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