Does organization structure matter? On the relationship between structure, function and effectiveness
Journal article, 2006

relationship between organizational design (structure), functioning of organizations, and effectiveness. A study of 320 companies showed that the structural variable decentralization marginally affected the way in which organizations function. Functional variables had a minor impact on profitability. No direct relationship between structure and effectiveness was found. When functioning is conceptualized as a mediating factor no direct causality between structure and effectiveness is implied, but a relationship between structure, function and effectiveness. To improve effectiveness, reorganizing is probably not the first option to consider.

organization function

organization design

organizational effectiveness

Organizational structure


Jon Andersen

Vaxjo universitet

Patrik Jonsson

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Logistics & Transportation

International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management

0219-8770 (ISSN) 1793-6950 (eISSN)

Vol. 3 3 971-995

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics



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