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    hey could you please help me find the advantages and disadvantages on the following structure hierarchical/pyramid, flat and matrix. Much appreciated thanks zoe :eek:
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    Advantages of Hierarchical Organisations

    Disadvantages of Hierarchical Organisations

    * Authority and responsibility and clearly defined
    * Clearly defined promotion path.

    * The organisation can be bureaucratic and respond slowly to changing customer needs and the market within which the organisation operates.

    * There are specialists managers and the hierarchical environment encourages the effective use of specialist managers.

    * Communication across various sections can be poor especially horizontal communication.

    * Employees very loyal to their department within the organisation.

    * Departments can make decisions which benefit them rather than the business as a whole especially if there is Inter-departmental rivalry.

    Advantages of flat Organisations

    Disadvantages of flat Organisations

    * More/Greater communication between management and workers.

    * Workers may have more than one manager/boss.

    * Better team sprit.

    * May limit/hinder the growth of the organisation.

    * Less bureaucracy and easier decision making.

    * Structure limited to small organisations such as partnerships, co-operatives and some private limited companies.

    * Fewer levels of management which includes benefits such as lower costs as managers are generally paid more than worker.

    * Function of each department/person could be blurred and merge into the job roles of others.
    The advantages of a matrix include

    * Individuals can be chosen according to the needs of the project.
    * The use of a project team which is dynamic and able to view problems in a different way as specialists have been brought together in a new environment.
    * Project managers are directly responsible for completing the project within a specific deadline and budget.

    Whilst the disadvantages include

    * A conflict of loyalty between line managers and project managers over the allocation of resources.
    * If teams have a lot of independence can be difficult to monitor.
    * Costs can be increased if more managers (ie project managers) are created through the use of

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