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SOC 120 Week 4 Individual Evolution
of Formal Organizations Paper
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Resource: Ch. 5 of Society
Review the following scenario: You work for a formal organization in the United States
that has an open, flexible organizational structure as described in Figure 5-5 on p. 126 of
Society. You have a relative, Micah, who works for a formal organization with a
conventional, bureaucratic organizational structure. Micah is interested in working for
your organization, but he does not have the education or skill set to work there. He says he
wishes that his company would adopt a flexible organizational structure, but doubts it is
possible. You explain to Micah that you have been studying the evolution of formal
organizations in your sociology class and that you would like to conduct some research to
determine how formal organizations, such as the one Micah works for, are likely to evolve
in the future.

Write a 1,050- to 1,750-word paper summarizing your research results and cite 3 to 5
sources from the Online Library.
Address the following areas in your paper:
Explain how formal organizations have evolved over the past century. What
differences were there in organizations a century ago, compared to today’s organizations?
What are the current trends in formal organizations?
Review the characteristics in the Summing Up table on p. 121 in the text, and
describe how each of the characteristics for formal organizations must evolve or change in
Micah’s organization to become more open and flexible. For example, how will activities or
relationships need to change?

Locate 3 to 5 articles or case studies in the Online Library that discuss future trends
in formal organizations and predict whether these trends are likely to take place in the
future. Explain your reasoning for each of the predictions.
Make an overall prediction based on your research results: how are formal
organizations, such as Micah’s, likely to evolve in the future?

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