Evolution of Formal Organizations
By Brian Morris
July 30, 2009
In the world of formal organizations such as large corporations and businesses that do nationwide and worldwide business there is a lot of structure involved in these companies. Both types of organizations have rules and guidelines they follow according to a basic layout or chart. Many large organizations or businesses of any type use a format or structure to follow to set this into motion. Without these rules the company would not have any type of organization or structure to follow and be considered a reputable company of any kind. Certain requirements must be met and followed by the employees to ...view middle of the document...
Many join these types of organizations to achieve a goal or have a purpose in mind to focus on rather than having the feeling of being told what to do and feel the pressure from the supervisors within the company. This can have a big impact on many with the same purpose in mind where everyone feels involved at the same level and has a similar goal such as helping the needy if the group is a volunteer based organization rather than a profit geared one. A basic formal structure can have a common goal without the format of a select group with a particular one sided very targeted goal in mind which is usually profit driven in most cases. Even government groups have certain diversified goals in mind such as the CIA and the Tax Bureau. These groups are part of a common government but have completely different focuses in mind and the job at hand. It can be believed by many that the government is a whole, but not understood that so many aspects of it have been broke down by structure and formal organization over time that has created so many government agencies in general. Even events such as the World Trade Center Attack on 09/11/01 created the Homeland Security agency to protect the nation from terror attacks in the future.
In the summing up table on page 121 located in the research from this chapter, it explains the characteristics for formal organizations. This chart is a good reference to look at when needed to explain details about certain groups and formal organizations. Each group has distinguishing things that can be used to determine how each social group is compared to a formal group as well. Activities are explained and compared to each other where the social grouping has the same for all activities compared to the formal groups being distinguished and highly specialized. Along with the separation of hierarchy in the social group where the hierarchy can informal where as the formal group has a clearly defined purpose. The norms of each group again are different and defined in the social group being general rules and not formally enforced the formal group has a set of clearly defined rules to follow and regulations set by the structure of the company or organization. Membership criteria has defined differences as well such as the social grouping being variable on many distinctions and the formal groups requiring technical obligations to follow aside from any social group or association. The relationships in each group again have unique differences that set them apart from each other. The social group has primary situations and the formal groups have secondary relationships with a primary goal in mind rather than a social...