Organizational structures and Leadership

Organizational structures and Leadership. How does the structure of an organization impact planning and decision making? What is the significance of organizational structure for your role as a nurse leader?

Organizational Structures

This week you look at formal organizational structure, which is typically depicted through an organizational chart. In addition, you consider the informal structure of organizations, which relates to the often unnoticed or underappreciated relationships and interactions that are actually quite influential. Also this week, you consider the use and functions of committees, task forces, and councils in health care settings. In addition, you examine the impact of formal and informal leadership within the organization.

Corporate Structures and 
Leadership: Objectives

Differentiate among different types of organizational structures
Analyze attributes associated with centralization and decentralization
Contrast concepts of formal and informal organizational structure
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Learning Resources
Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings
Marquis, B. L., & Huston, C. J. (2017). Leadership roles and management functions in nursing: Theory and application (9th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Organizational structures and Leadership

In most health care settings, it is unlikely that you would hear the terms “ad hoc” or “matrix” as you walk down the hallway. Although it is helpful for any organization to delineate pathways of responsibility and authority in an organizational chart, the lived experience of these structures is most apparent through the inquiries and behaviors people share everyday.

In your own workplace, you may find yourself wondering, who should I turn to when I have a practice dilemma? or Where can I go to learn more about this issue? These questions speak to the intricacies of formal and informal organizational structure and leadership.

In your own workplace, you may find yourself wondering, who should I turn to when I have a practice dilemma? or Where can I go to learn more about this issue? These questions speak to the intricacies of formal and informal organizational structure and leadership.

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