: EnglishShort Description
: Even the smallest company needs to have a structure in place to determine what work gets done, who does it, and what tools are needed to complete it. In a typical company, the structure might be made up of individuals, departments, a management structure, and an assortment of rules and regulations specific to the company’s needs. Smaller companies—even one-person operations—will have a simple but clearly defined structure, while larger companies will have a more complex system.
Both the size and the type of company will help determine the organizational structure. A company that has to adhere to strict guidelines to satisfy its customer base might have a highly centralized structure with strong departments (think of bureaucracy). A company that thrives on innovation might have a much more open structure, with less emphasis on departments and a relaxed chain of command.
Companies look to attract and retain employees who will fit within their structure, whatever that structure may be. Employees who are able to embrace the structure will be more productive and also more satisfied with their jobs. It is possible for employees to be productive without being content with their jobs, but this increases the likelihood that they will leave. Satisfied employees are more likely to stay with the company and thrive.Instructor Description
: This class is an independent-study course. Students will have all the resources needed to successfully complete the course within the online material. A student helpdesk is available for technical support during the course enrollment.