A Typology of Organizational Structure
H. Mintzberg

Sep 15, 1999


Summary

Mintzberg presents a model for organizations typically referring to organizations whose goal is some kind of work. This model is composed by five main parts: the strategic apex, the middle line, the operating core, the technostructure and the support staff. The relationships between these conforming parts depend on different aspects of the organization such as: age and size, technical system, environment, and power factors. Based on these, organizations tend to form (or adapt) resulting in different configurations. These configurations are: simple structure, the machine bureaucracy, the professional bureaucracy, the divisional form, and the adhocracy. All these configurations have pro's and con's and respond to different situations. However one aspect that also affects the organization structure is the current trends in the industry (or fashion).