Organizational Network Structures: 6 Common Examples

Organizational Network Structures

There are many different ways to structure a network… for example, in a decentralized structure, everyone in a network can be connected to everyone else, while in a centralized structure, everyone connects to a single, central entity. Each of these organizational network structures has its own benefits and drawbacks; there is no single best way to structure a network. They key is thinking and reflecting on your network context, purpose, and goals to pick from these organizational network structures.

The infographic below shares six common examples or organizational network structures. However, keep in mind that it is also common to mix elements of two or more different structure types, to gain greater advantage and correct for any structural disadvantages. Flexibility and adaptability are key when thinking about organizational network structures.

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Organizational Network Structures

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