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Group Structure: Specialists and Generalists
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesisAlternative title
Grupp Struktur : Specialister och Generalister (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to discuss and explore the subject of organizing generalists and specialists. The purpose of this thesis is to explore and discuss different alternatives on organizational grouping from a generalists and specialists perspective. It will explore theories around organizational design, different organizational structures and give insight to the specialist and generalist function that can be found in most types of organizations. The aim is to be able to present different aspects of organizing generalists and specialists and to be able to answer the problem question: Is there a best organizational structure for specialist and generalist groups? The study is a qualitative study and the process of induction will be used. The epistemological standpoint is interprevistic and the ontological is more towards constructionism. The methods used are 1) the collection of and qualitative analysis of texts and documents and 2) qualitative semi-structured interviewing. The analysis is based on grounded theory method. The result and conclusions of the study is that generalists most likely do fit better in organizational forms such as simple structure, adhocracy and network organizations. Specialists tend to prefer bureaucracy or functional/unitary organizations. Keywords: generalists, specialists, organization, group structure

Abstract [sv]

Här undersöks och diskuteras olika spekter på att organisera generalister och secialister i en organisations struktur. Teorier kring en organisations design och organisationsstruktur ger inblick i generalist och specialist funktioner. Dessa funktioner brukar man kunna hitta i alla typer av organisationer. Uppsatsen försöker svara på frågan: Finns det en en bästa organisationsstruktur utifrån generalist och specialist perspektivet?

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2011. , 49 p.
Keyword [en]
generalists, specialists, organization, group structure
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-6214Local ID: diva2:833645
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2011-02-28 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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