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Organisational configurations (Mintzberg)

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The organisational configurations framework of Mintzberg (1983) describes six organisational configurations. These help with understanding what drives decisions and activities in an organisation. The essence is that a limited number of configurations can help to explain much of what is observed in many organisations. The basic configurations help with discerning organisations and their (typical) core problems. The use of the basic configurations can help to prevent choosing and designing ‘wrong’ organisational structures as well as the ineffective coordination of activities (Figure ...

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