COMT 310: Organizational Communication Dimensions of Structure. Structure describes: work roles communication relationships. ‘decision’ is derived from the latin word decidere, which means to cut off. How might this apply to decisions concerning structure?. Class average = 85.
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COMT 310: Organizational Communication
Dimensions of Structure
‘decision’ is derived from the latin word decidere, which means to cut off.
How might this apply to decisions concerning structure?
Class average = 85
the alternative to structure is chaos.
R&D Assembl Market
This is more horizontally complex.
Vertical complexity = number of levels
centrality = degree to which decisions are made at the top of the structure.
narrow vs. wide??
formalization = how well does organization follow chart?
we have an ideological commitment to the intransitory - Pilotta
Emergent communication networks = result of formal and informal communication among those who work together.
It is who you are linked to. . .
So,to be more effective at work: develop key relationships in your organization which will allow more control over your situation.
Steve’s network 1998
Fiscal vice chancellor
Dean of Students
faculty association president
Steve’s network 2008
Student vice chancellor
Fiscal vice chancellor
7+ other deans
40+ departmental part-time faculty classes
~ 150 faculty at MSU-B
6 departmental colleagues
9 other CAS chairs
2 other vice chancellors
many colleagues across USA
Networked Society: I keep a list of scholars across the country with whom I communicate on a regular basis via the internet.
The late Dwight Conquergood
I belong to NCA, which posts 8-10 messages daily relevant to my work. Check it out at:
Find your own networks.
For example, I read a message recently which reported that a Roper pole found that 57% of Americans are comfortable communicating with co-workers, and 51% are comfortable communicating with their boss.
What do you think?
# of levels?
Span of control?
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