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Organizational Structure and Environmental Change

Thomas G. Cummings and Maria Nathan

in Trade Policy and Corporate Business Decisions

Published in print April 1990 | ISBN: 9780195055382
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855056 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195055382.003.0007
Organizational Structure and Environmental Change

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This chapter describes the concept of organizational environment and then presents a model explaining how environments can influence the choice of organizational structures. From this background, alternative structures for managing environmental complexity and change are discussed. Organizational environment also consists of everything outside of organizations that can affect, either directly or indirectly, organizational performance and outcomes. Clearer understanding of this relationship requires examination at different environmental levels. Further insight is also gained by analyzing the various dimensions of environments.

Keywords: environmental change; organizational environment; environmental complexity

Chapter.  7732 words. 

Subjects: Economic Systems

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