Peter Harmath

University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Economics in Subotica, Segedinski put 9-11, 24000 Subotica, Serbia

2nd International Scientific Conference on Recent Advances in Information Technology, Tourism, Economics, Management and Agriculture – ITEMA 2018 – Graz, Austria, November 8, 2018, CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS published by the Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans, Belgrade, Serbia; ISBN 978-86-80194-13-4


Structural solutions of organizations that fitted to the needs of external and internal environment as well to the business processes, usually means ability of leading successful enterprise. Different organizational design solutions are recommended for great variety of real situations depending on mission of company, the strategic goals, general and particular aims of management etc. In spite of the fact that all of those design parameters and properties can be well settled or designed for organization the enterprise can run into growing number of problems. Time to time the structural solutions need to be reconsidered. What about problems? Do they have their own structure of connectedness? Is it like an ever changing background? The aim of the study is to detect possible linkages between usual (most common problems) in management and organizational design solutions. The hypothesis is that those at first glance floating problems are also well structured (connected) especially when they appear with synergetic effects. According to the preliminary results, the theoretical background of contingency approach and methodology of Social Network Analysis can offer support to examine connectedness and linkages of organizational problems. Anyhow it is challenging, but very useful to learn more about “dark side” of organization, at least to learn how to ignore “devils power” in future steps of management.

Key words

Organizational structure and design, business problems, contingency theory, Organizational Network Analysis 


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