Home Organizational Psychology Organizational Types / Structures Theory E²: Working with Entrepreneurs in Closely-Held Enterprises X: Interplay between Entrepreneurship and Organizational Structures and Operations, and Organizational Culture

Theory E²: Working with Entrepreneurs in Closely-Held Enterprises X: Interplay between Entrepreneurship and Organizational Structures and Operations, and Organizational Culture

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William Bergquist

In the previous essay we examined four characteristics that we believe interplay with entrepreneurial style in a significant (but often subtle) manner. We examined maturity level (of the individuals and groups with which entrepreneur is working), convening task(s), convening problems, and external environment. In this essay we will examine two other characteristics that influence and are influenced by entrepreneurial style: organizational structures and operations, and organizational culture.  As was the case in the previous essay, we will suggest ways in which each of the four entrepreneurship styles relates to each of these characteristics.

Organizational Structure and Operations

This fifth characteristic concerns the structure of the closely-held enterprise and, more specifically, ways in which the organization uses information and makes decisions. We will consider both traditional, hierarchical structures and newly emerging distributive structures.

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