Mintzberg’s Five Organizational Components


Mintzberg’sFive Organizational Components

Mintzberg’sFive Organizational Components

Inagreement with Mintzberg, it is true that all the five organizationalcomponents must be present in order to realize the effectiveness andefficiency of an organization. This is because the five componentsrepresent all the essential elements of a functional organization.According to Karlof(2005),each of the components is important for an organization to be botheffective and efficient. Therefore, the assertion is true because theabsence of one component either compromises effectiveness orefficiency of the organization. For instance, the support staff helpsthe operating core to deliver their services they also serve themiddle line, the apex and the techno-structure (Karlof,2005).

However,the effectiveness and efficiency of an organization are impacted bythe structure that is adopted by a firm. Comparing the organizationalstructures of entrepreneurial structure and Adhocracy, the former isless effective and less efficient. The entrepreneur structure is lessefficient that the Adhocracy structure because of the structuralbureaucracies that are involved in decision making (Pandeyet al, 2007).It is less effective in decision making because the core workers atthe center make decisions for the peripheral workers. On the otherhand, the Adhocracy structure is flexible and informal. According toDolan(2010), thesefeatures give employees the dynamism to make decisions and reduce theineffectiveness in the implementation of the decisions.

Atthe same time, the core workers will have to be consulted for everydecision by the organization as it relates to the whole firm.According to Pandeyet al (2007),this leads to bureaucracy due to the channels to be followed inmaking decisions. On the other hand, Adhocracy is effective andefficient in time taken to make decisions and implement them becauseof the lack of structured bureaucracies. According to Dolan(2010), theinformality of the Adhocracy structure makes it effective andefficient. Therefore, bureaucratic structure of the entrepreneurialstructure makes it less effective and less efficient than Adhocracy.


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