Types of Structure

  • Nelio Oliveira
Part of the Contributions to Management Science book series (MANAGEMENT SC.)


As in the previous chapter, theoretical considerations on organizational structure are put forward herein. However, in this chapter, the principal types of structure discussed in organizational theory are reviewed from the initial studies, in which a unique and ideal format was defended, up to the contingency approach typologies, in which several other structures are admitted. The main objective is to demonstrate the situational aspect of the structure; that is, the possibility of having several formats according to different external situations and internal factors. This is necessary not only to discuss the principal forms that organizations assume until the present time, but also to alert to the possibility of other structures that may emerge as new situations arise.


Human Relation Coordination Mechanism Management Theory Contingency Theory Contingency Approach 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais - PUC MinasBelo HorizonteBrazil

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