"Flat" organisation - origin? LO21839

Dr John Taylor (john@taylorj.demon.co.uk)
Sun, 6 Jun 1999 16:45:36 +0100

Replying to LO21773 --

Wendy, and others,

I have a reference to flat organisation structure from Worthy, J.C.
(1950) 'Organizational Structure and Employee Morale'. American
Sociological Review, 15, pp. 169-179. Cited in Litterer, J.A. (1965) The
Analysis of Organizations. New York: Wiley. p. 312.

I suspect the concept is older than that. Who said that there is nothing
new under the Sun?

As an aside to Wendy, I am also based in Kent, UK, at Canterbury, and as a
part of my portfolio I undertake consultancy in strategy and 'futurology',
as well as teach at the Canterbury Christ Church University College
Business School (a mouthful!). Would it be a good idea to make contact to
see what synergy there may be between our activities!


John Taylor

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