Organizational Structure Of The United States Air Force
All work force professions face different types of business issues at some point. Faulty organizational structure can become a huge issue to experience since it can cause many other smaller problems within an organization. According to Bellini, Pereira and Becker (2016) “Organizational structure may be seen as ‘an arrangement of roles used in organizations to focus power, responsibility and accountability’ (Brophy et al., 2005, p. 29), the relationship between individuals, tasks and corresponding authority and responsibility levels, as well as work principles and norms” (Donaldson, 1996).
According to Robbins and Judge (2009) organizational structure is comprised of six parts: …show more content…
In the United States Air Force, I have a great example of organizational structure. Working in medical operations gives a great snapshot of blueprints which makeup the organization. For simplicity purposes, an Air Force Base (AFB) level will be dissected (instead of Air Force level) to implement a general consensus of an organization. The overarching organization of the medical field in the Air Force is called the Medical Group. Utilizing the knowledge of all the six components; the Work Specialization factor includes the separation of tasks intothe Medical Operations Squadron (MDOS) and the Medical Support Squadron …show more content…
In each department, there is a certain allowed number of Airmen, which Air Force Medical Operations Association (AFMOA) whom are the board of all medical operations, allow each supervisory chain to be allotted.
Centralization is “The degree to which decision making is concentrated at a single point in the organization” (Robbins & Judge, 2009). The Air Force is famous for collecting data to form metrics for each special topic that is important and of high interest to higher officials. Within the metrics created, specific board members will decide in a centralized location to make effective changes among the force.
Decentralization is “The degree to which decision making is spread throughout the organization” (Robbins & Judge, 2009). A lot of decisions are made to promote better patient care, which is done by various points of contact through each member of the chain of command. Formalization is “The degree to which jobs within the organization are standardized” (Robbins & Judge, 2009).
Two concepts of (1) bureaucracy, and (2) matrix structure will be further discussed to promote better clarity and entirety of organizational