In the last byte, we looked at the definitions of the various dimensions of organizational design. In today's byte, we continue the discussion a bit further.
Most often we can think of organization design, and wonder where to start. Prof Henry Mintzberg has suggested begining with the following questions to help get clarity:
- How many tasks should a given position in the organization contain, and how specialized should each task be?
- How standardized should the work content of each postion be?
- What skills, abilities, knowledge, and training should be required for each position?
- What should be the basis of grouping of positions within the organizations into units, departments, divisions, and so on?
- How large should each unit be, and what should the spn of control be?
- How much standardization should be required in the output of each position?
- What mechanisms should be established to help individuals in different positions and units to adjust to th needs of other individuals?
- How centralized or decentralized should decision-making power be in he chain of authority? Should most of the decisions be made down in the chain or authority or at the top?