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The Skeleton Of Organizational Behavior

Updated on August 7, 2012

Like the human skeleton which is the base of development of the human body, every organization has a skeleton in general. It constitutes the basic entities over which an organization develops. Here is the basic layout of an Organizational Skeleton.

In the hubs to come I will discuss them in detail

1. Human Resource

They are the most important resources of an organization and the most difficult to handle. Managers have to deal with :

i. Every individual who works in the organization.

ii. Two-way relations like

· Superior-subordinate relations

· Employee-employer relations

· Employee-employee relations

iii. Groups and teams.

iv. People outside the organization like customers, suppliers, distributors and government officials.

2. Structure

It defines the formal relations. Jobs are assigned according to the expertise and specialization. These people are related on the roles they perform. Main structure relates to authority and responsibility. The key elements of organizational structure are:

i. Hierarchy of Authority

In every organization there are bosses and directors and proprietors. Beneath them are the managers. The downward triangle continues till we reach the skilled labor and finally the unskilled labor.

ii. Division of labor

A janitor cannot take place of the Senior Manager and Vice- Versa. Roles are decided according to the expertise.

iii. Span of control

It is the extent to which a superior is able to supervise maximum number of subordinates efficiently and effectively.

iv. Specialization

Each individual in the organization has a specified work to do based on his or her set of skills.

v. Formalization

Every good Organization has its set of values and rules which must be followed to maintain strong culture.

vi. Centralization

The power of deciding generally lies with the top management. A machine worker cannot decide over the policies. He can just follow what comes from the top.

Managers who keep in mind these key elements are known to perform in a more efficient manner. It is essential to know the basic skeleton of an organization as it helps in the proper functioning and more efficient and effective attainment of goals.


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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      thank you so much Theresa... I am glad you liked it

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Great and interesting information Rahul. :)

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      hi Kelley!

      These concepts are easy to comprehend and do really apply in the smallest and largest of organizations..

      Thanks for the kind feedback

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Hi Kelly! I am glad you liked the hub... the job is easy when there is support behind us... a sense of security helps a lot

      Thank you for the kind comment

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      I like the way you presented this hub. You did a great job of getting straight to the point so people like me with few management ideas can easily understand and apply these concepts. Voted up and shared! Kelley

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Yeah! I was expecting a poem too but heck this was great and true too. I have worked with some great management and teams and it makes the job SO much easier when you have a great leader:)

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Thank you so much Max

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Really great, nicely put together, Rahul!

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Hello Garage remotes... thank you for connecting to my work... I am glad you found it useful... I will have more hubs on the subject published soon....

      Thank you so much

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Hehe.... sorry for the loop... Thanks for reading

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      Rob Reel 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Rahul, this piece is incredibly useful. My sister just got promoted to a manager this past weekend; I'll have to share this with her. I can't wait for the rest of your hubs!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Wonderful information, Rahul! And very well presented. Kinda threw me for a loop, I was expecting a poem! :)