These can be the subject of heated debates and have enormous long-term consequences for all concerned.
So it is amazing that, although there is a huge academic literature on the subject, there has never been an easy-to-read practical guide for managers and other decision-makers ...until now.
This very brief outline is designed to be read on the train to a business meeting, but it introduces all the concepts and principles of organisational structures necessary to have an intelligent discussion and make informed decisions.
Note that this is a short practical guide and nothing else. It does not pretend to be an academic text. It states basic truths bluntly, with little respect for fashionable niceties.
John Winterson Richards brings 30 years of experience as a consultant and a lifetime’s fascination with organisational structures to the subject. He welcomes comments and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org – but please be patient waiting for a reply because he can get a bit busy.
Also please be patient with any drafting and formatting errors: we are new to this technology. Any – polite – suggestions would be welcome.