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Formal Organizations

Author: Paul Hannan

This lesson will explore and define types of organizations.

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Terms to Know
Coercive Organizations

Organizations that are involuntary for their members (i.e. prisons and mental institutions).

Formal Organizations

Large social groups intentionally organized to achieve specific goals (i.e. government agencies, the United States Post Office, corporations, and higher education).

Normative Organizations

Organizations that exist to pursue some goal in common that participants believe has moral value or is good for society (also sometimes called voluntary associations).

Organizational Environment

Social influences outside an organization that affect its operation, and even its existence.

Utilitarian Organizations

Organizations that pay people for their efforts and thereby provide jobs.