Any organization consists of the crucial elements and their interrelations according to the organizational goals, objectives, and primary mission. These elements establish the organizational structure and culture that determine the general business environment, wherein it develops and functions. According to Ahmady, Mehrpour & Nikooravesh (2016), the organizational structure is the set of models of “internal relations of organization, authority and reporting, formal communication channels, responsibility, and decision-making delegation” (p. 456). For this analysis, Facebook Inc. corporation is examined in terms of organizational structure and culture, and its effective operation. More specifically, Facebook’s organizational structure is defined as hybrid and integrates particular elements of hierarchical and divisional organizational structures.
Within a hybrid structure, one part is engaged in the type of structure, and another one is dedicated to a different kind of structure. The formation of such hybrid structures is based on a combination of benefits of two structures or the changes in the organization. Concerning other corporate structures, Facebook Inc. might also implement a matrix organizational structure, which aims at combining the effectiveness of “functional structure with flexibility and sensitivity of multidivisional structure” (Ahmady, Mehrpour & Nikooravesh, 2016, p. 457). Therefore, the company will be able to address critical organizational needs, specifically in terms of creativity and innovation. To be more specific, three central features of Facebook’s organizational structure define its ability to provide flexibility to the company and its multinational operations in the social media and online advertising market. They include corporate function-based teams, geographic divisions, and product-based divisions (Dudovskiy, 2017). With that said, the existing and proposed corporate structures are crucial for enabling significant organizational control, enhanced operations worldwide, and support for creativity and innovation in product development.
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