CHAPTER 8

Models of Organizations

Your most precious possession is not your financial assets. Your most precious possession is the people you have working there, and what they carry around in their heads, and their ability to work together.

—Robert Reich, Political Economist

Overview

Having discussed teams, we will now focus on the organization itself from a strategic and organizational design perspective. The way you, or your manager, view the organization has a huge impact on the type of work environment your operate in. All organizations are built on an image or metaphor. For example, many organizations are built on models from science and engineering. The model may be simply a metaphor or the organization can actually be constructed like ...

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