Classification Effects The Way An Organization Run Essay

709 Words Aug 30th, 2015 3 Pages
This chapter covers important information on how to classify organizations and how this classification effects the way an organization run. It also emphasizes that organizations exist everywhere. Sustaining an organization, however, is not an easy task. Organizations go through life cycles much like animals do. And just as different animals have the same basic needs (food, water, shelter) but have different requirements to having those needs met, organizations need to be nurtured in a way specific to their type.
According to Eleanor D. Glor (2008) the library is a Public Service Organization (PSO).
PSO’s are defined as government agencies that work directly with the public. Libraries are also formal organizations.
According to Chester Bernard (1956), formal organizations have 5 basic elements.
1. Size (of the organization)
2. Interdependence – a recognition of shared common goals and a shared understanding that working together will bring the goals to fruition much easier than working alone would.
3. Input – materials, money, energy, and information used in service of goals
4. Throughput – resources
5. Output – the end product. Can be tangible (i.e. car) or intangible (answer to ref. question).
I wasn’t quite sure of the semantic differences between input and throughput. Does anyone else know? It seems to me that money, energy, and information are, in themselves, resources.
So libraries are organizations. And on the surface the goal of a library seems pretty…

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