2. 2nd posting due by the end of Day 3. Organizational Controls. Describe some of the side effects of organizational controls in a large mechanistically structured organization, such as the United States Postal Service. Identify at least one other large mechanistically structured organization that could have the same problems. Use and cite the course textbook in your initial post.
Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings by end of Day 7.
Tips for a strong discussion post:
• Incorporate material from the course textbook. OK, you’re thinking to yourself, “Sharon, didn’t we cover mechanistically structured organizations way back in Week One?” Yes – you are correct! I have no idea why this forum topic is covered in Week Five, but if you’re looking for relevant material in chapters 10 or 11, you’re not going to find it. You’ll need to go back to chapter 2 – section 2.1 “What types of structures are there in organizations.” Figure 2.5 should be helpful.
• Demonstrate critical thinking – don’t forget as you are pointing out negative side effects of this type of structure that there are also positive ones. There is a reason companies and organizations are structured this way. Identify the benefit to the company, worker, and/or consumer.
• Don’t forget to identify another organization structured in this manner and provide a sufficient explanation why you have chosen it. Perhaps you pull out a couple of the side affects you identified in general terms and demonstrate how they apply to this example.