Henry Mintzberg’s Five Basic Configurations

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


Within the organizational structure approach, this work is based mainly on the typology of organizations offered by Henry Mintzberg. Actually, it is a proposal to supplement that classification, due to the new conditions that have come up nowadays for organizations, the new structural possibilities, and the new work coordination mechanisms. Therefore, this chapter has the main objective of commenting on the studies of that author, discussing, mostly, his classification for organizational structures. It is worth emphasizing that, despite several Henry Mintzberg’s ideas about structure being presented herein, the only aspects that were extracted from his work were those that could contribute to this book.


Work Process Support Staff Coordination Mechanism Contingency Factor Central Office 
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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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