Chaos Theory and Organisational Structure

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Belay Gezahegn
Director, Ethiopia

Chaos Theory and Organisational Structure

The number of structures (rules and regulations) determines the performance of organizations inversely; organizational structure is determined by by external factors.
For instance, in a complex environment a small and flexible structure is preferable, while in a stable environment a big structure is appealing.
In this regard some researchers believe that organizational structure and organizational performance have an inverse 'U' relationship.
It is important to note here that in an unpredictable environment it is always difficult to identify the optimum level of structure to enhance performance.
It is to be understood that structure influences decision making and the chain of command in organizations. Chaos takes place when an organization cannot determine the optimum level of structure that will increase its performance in an unpredictable environment. In such a situation the leadership and decision making abilities of the executives are extra important.

  Margaret Ann Lee-Harvison, United States
 

Chaos Theory and Organizational and Lean Management

I would like to understand more about what is meant by "an inverse 'U' relationship". Also, any opinions/ideas on how L...

  Belay Gezahegn
Director, Ethiopia
 

What is Meant by an Inverted U?

@Margaret Ann Lee-Harvison: If we draw a two dimensional graph with performance on Y axis and structure on X axis, we wi...

  Gerald V. Todd
Entrepreneur, United States
 

Chaos Theory in Its Place

Chaos is the stuff of nature and natural occurrences. It is also the stuff of creativity and unexpected discoveries and ...

  Gerald V. Todd
Entrepreneur, United States
 

Chaos Theory as a Company Grows

In the 1960's the idea of brainstorming sessions had some play - I guess you could call it creating "forced chaos" in a ...

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands
 

Custodian in Relation to Chaos Theory?

@Gerald V. Todd: Thanks for sharing your valuable ideas. What do you mean with the 'custodian'? The custodian of what?...

  Gerald V. Todd
Entrepreneur, United States
 

Chaos Theory as a Company Grows

@Jaap de Jonge: I meant by 'custodian': the housekeeper, janitor, maid you might see everyday. Do you know their names? ...

  Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands
 

Respecting and Trusting Employees in Chaotic Circumstances Leads to Creativity and Innovation

I see. And if I understand you correcly, you mean to say that for chaos to thrive in a positive way in large organizatio...

 

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