Simplicity as a feature of an organizational structure

Simplicity as a feature of an organizational structure

Magdalena Hopej-Kamińska, Anna Zgrzywa-Ziemak, Marian Hopej, Robert Kamiński, Janusz Martan

 

Keywords: organizational structure, simplicity

 

Summary: Among the desirable features of an organizational structure is simplicity. Its opposite, i.e. complexity, expresses a lack of order and entanglement, which are the source of waste. Although the desire for the simplicity of a structural solution is not new, in recent years it has been more clearly emphasized. Therefore, Ashby’s law stating that variety has to be balanced by a different kind of variety, is questioned. The purpose of this article is to present the concept of simplifying an organizational structure. The concept of a simple organizational structure offered in this paper is the result of a thorough analysis of the literature on this topic. However, the views concerning the level of simple structure centralization were verified by means of a fractal calculus. The article presents the results of the study concerning the factors influencing the simplicity of the structural solution as well as the procedure of simplifying the organizational structure.

 

 

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