SOC 120 Assignment: Evolution of Formal Organizations Paper
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Resources: Ch. 5, the Summing Up table on p. 121, and Figure 5-5 on p. 126 in Society:
The Basics; and the Online Library
• Due Date: Day 7 [post to the Individual forum]
• Review the following scenario: You work for a formal organization in the United States
that has an open, flexible organizational structure as described in Figure 5-5 on p. 126 in
the text. You have a relative, Micah, who works for a formal organization with a
conventional, bureaucratic organizational structure. Micah is interested in working for
your organization, but he does not have the education or skill set to work there. He says
he wishes that his company would adopt a flexible organizational structure but doubts it is
possible. You explain to Micah that you have been studying the evolution of formal
organizations in your Sociology class and that you would like to conduct some research
to determine how formal organizations, such as the one Micah works for, are likely to
evolve in the future.
• Write a 1,050- to 1,750-word paper summarizing your research results and cite 3 to 5
sources from the Online Library.
• Address the following areas in your paper:
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o Explain how formal organizations have evolved over the past century. What
differences were there in organizations a century ago, compared to today’s
organizations? What are the current trends in formal organizations?
o Review the characteristics in the Summing Up table on p. 121 in the text, and
describe how each of the characteristics for formal organizations will need to
evolve or change in Micah’s organization to become more open and flexible. For
example, how will activities or relationships need to change?
o Locate 3 to 5 articles or case studies in the Online Library that discuss future
trends in formal organizations and predict whether...