MGT504 Organization Theory & Design Assignment 1 Solution Spring 2014

Organization Theory & Design (MGT504)
Assignment # 1
Due Date: May 30, 2014 Marks: 10
The American sociologist, Charles Perrow, developed a framework to categorize  departments according to two dimensions. Different types of organizations can also  be categorized with the help of this framework. The two dimensions of Perrow’s  framework are Variety and Analyzability.
Go through Perrow’s framework and answer the following question.
ASSIGNMENT QUESTIONS:
1) Where would you place a Conventional University and Distance  Learning University in Perrow’s framework/ model? 

Within the framework my university would be non-routine and have high task variety, and have low analyzable. Both have high task variety because encounter a large number of unexpected situations, with frequent problems and both have low analyzability.

2) Would a department of a conventional university devoted to teaching  and the university library be put in different quadrants? Yes or no;  specify the quadrants.
Analyzability
Variety
High
Low

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