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.
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.