The Workplace Observation

Tom Feinberg
February 26, 2009 — 2,196 views  
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In discussing network based, team based, boundary-less and traditional organizations, we first want to point out the facts of each type of organization. According to Dessler, a Network based organization is a system of interconnected or cooperating individuals. He describes three types of organizational networks to include formal, informal and electronics networks. Basically all managers and supervisors no matter what department they are in or their geographic location work together and have direct contact with one another. Better communication, more coordinated efforts and expedited results.

The network-based organization is a far cry from a traditional one. While communication between departments managers still exist to a certain degree in a traditional company. The procedure of up-channeling all ideas to one head person or small board slow down the result process. Also with no internal network present it may take days or even weeks to get a response to a problem needing addressing today. Team based organizations are a group of people who work together and share a common work objective. In the organizations in our present time, teams are used as functional tools due to growing competition using these types of organizations. Normally when teams are formed in an organization in order to complete the companies business, it is completed with productive results versus an individual effort.

This is used in organizations in the modern business world in order to keep communication flowing to let all departments know what is going on within the company as far as decision-making and activities. An effective formal network will have an impact of upper management's job responsibilities. Dessler also tells us that an effective formal network can and should take the initiative to "Handle more of the inter-unit coordination the CEO might otherwise have to do, leaving him more time for strategic planning". Having networks in place allows companies to be more versatile and responsive to a changing market. An informal organizational network, Dessler tells us consist of "cooperating individuals who are connected only informally. They share information and help solve each others problems based on a personal knowledge of each others expertise." Some effective tools for building informal networks are improving personal relationships and shifting personnel to new facilities. This has the natural effect of building relationships and expanding informal networks. The next type of networking is Electronic Networking, which is described by Dessler as "networking through e-mail and collaborative computer software." This is an incredibly powerful tool considering it allows people world wide to collaborate on issues of importance to their organizations, and also expands the possibilities of who caan participate. The last type of organization we will discuss is the boundary-less organization which Dessler defines as "one in which the widespread use of teams, networks, and similar structural mechanisms means that the "walls" which typically separate organizational functions and hierarchical are reduced and made more permeable." Depending on what level the company wants to take it to the walls can be taken down not only within the company, but also between the suppliers and even the customer.

This should give us a better understanding of the different types of networks and organizations and hopefully a better idea of how to maximize their potential in today's Business environment.

We've now looked at how each organization is alike and different. And some of the causes of network based organizations in comparison to traditional organizations.

Network-based organizations hold a distinct advantage over the other two by allowing work to be accomplished in a timely and coordinated manner. Network based organizations are not held back from accomplishing this no manner how distant the working units are from one another. Network organizations also can call on managers from different departments, units and geographic locations into one working team.

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