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Running head: EVOLUTION OF FORMAL ORGANIZATIIONS PAPER
Evolution of Formal Organizations Paper
Dawnette Dunkley
University of Phoenix
Sociology--120
Instructor: Loren Butler

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Evolution of Formal Organizations Paper
For the last century and through successive generations, formal organization, with its more
conventional and bureaucratic structure, play significant roles in most working environment;
however, in recent decades, many formal organizations are acknowledging the value in adopting
a more flexible organizational structure. One factor that contributes to this evolution has to do
with the changing nature of work itself, as the United States economy changes from industrial to
post-industrial production. Postindustrial production involves less back-breaking work with
heavy machinery in factories and warehouses and more efficient work with the aid of computers
and other modern technologies. Even with the progress in working conditions, the rigidity and
the pyramid-like structure associated with formal organizations continue to have major
drawbacks. The formal organizational structure helps to complete effectively certain tasks, but
lacks the creativity necessary to keep up with changing trends as well as to compete on a global
scale. For formal organization to evolve, it has to embrace certain characteristics to become more
flexible. These characteristics may include modifications in its activities, hierarchy, norms,
membership criteria, relationships, communication, and focus. Therefore, in addition to
providing information on the evolution of formal organizations; the purpose of this paper is to
write a proposal to the Board of an organization that uses currently the bureaucratic,
conventional organizational structure. This proposal will explore current trends as well as make a
prediction with regard to future trends in formal organization. Therefore, the aim is to convince
Board members that structural changes in formal organization will facilitate a more open,
flexible, and productive working environment.
Formal organization has come a long way from the industrial era of working in factories and
warehouses to today’s fast track information age. For centuries, formal organizations would

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