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date: 11 December 2019

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Organizational structures are concerned with the recurrent relationships between the various members of an organization. This includes not just authority and reporting relationships — the simple question of who is in charge. Organizational structures tell us who has the resources; who talks to whom; who is accountable for what; what you can do on your own and what you must do with others; what kinds of career paths are available; and how knowledge flows around the organization. Some of these structures are written down formally, in the organizational chart and other procedures. Many of them are informal, even if often closely linked to formal structures as well. Organizational structures are therefore central to achieving anything in an organization — an essential part of strategy implementation.

Keywords: organizational structure, organizational charts, strategy implementation, recurrent relationships, organization members, human resources

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