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Analysis of Informal Organization Patterns: A Training Technique

Donald B. Vogel
Public Administration Review
Vol. 28, No. 5 (Sep. - Oct., 1968), pp. 431-436
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the American Society for Public Administration
DOI: 10.2307/973759
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/973759
Page Count: 6
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Analysis of Informal Organization Patterns: A Training Technique
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Abstract

The article presents a technique that enables management-level personnel to gain a clearer understanding of actual structure patterns in their organizations. It is intended to be used in training programs dealing with the perception of adjustive organizational behavior and the effect of such behavior on administrative processes. The technique compares an organization's formal structure with subformal patterns based on advice and order relationships. These relationships are determined from the analysis of answers given in response to a questionnaire administered by class participants in their respective organizations. After tabulating the questionnaire responses, the relationships are then plotted on organization charts. In practice the technique has proved highly successful in relating general organizational theory to the participants' specific environments.

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