Question to Tim - Organization Structures

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  1. Puneet Anand Borkar

    Puneet Anand Borkar Active Member

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    Q1)
    A hospital is installing a new hospital management system to enable IT hospital functioning. For this purpose, representatives from several departments are selected to create a task force assigned to implement the project. What is this organization structure called?

    A)Functional Organization
    B) Projectized Organization
    C) Composite Organization
    D) Balanced Matrix Organization

    Correct Ans is C. Can you explain how?
    Also if there was a Matrix organization option what would be the correct answer?
     
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  2. tim jerome

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    This doesn't necessarily have to do with Weak, Balanced, Strong Matrix structures. There is a (very) small section in the Organizational section that talks about Composite organizations. Although not referenced very often, it's interesting.

    A Composite organization is a structure that requires a PM interact with Executives, Peers, and workers (team members) regularly. That sounds like a general description of your task force.

    You can further validate C by remembering what the other answers are and aren't. These concepts will be seen on the exam if you are to select them:
    • Functional - organization that provides a function, with a manager at the top, and everyone reporting into them. Operations are primarily prioritized over projects.
    • Projectized - Projects are primarily prioritized over operations. Functions, if they exist at all, support the PM - the PM has the greatest authority.
    • Balanced - the FM and PM have 'shared authority'. You can think of this sharing as shared responsibilities, for example in the budget components of the project. Maybe your director has accountability for all the organization's budget, but you still are accountable for the Purchase Orders that represent the cost of the project.
     
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  3. Madhava Rao(3770)

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    Hi Tim, could you please give some tips to answer all the organization structure questions. They are really confusing.
     
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  4. Madhava Rao(3770)

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    what is difference between composite, hybrid and matrix organization structures
     
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  5. tim jerome

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    Go to page 47 in the PMBOK guide; there's a great table with more information than I can share in a note on this forum.

    Look for differences between Functional and Weak Matrix organizations; the PM has no authority compared to the PM has little to no authority.

    Look for differences between weak matrix and balanced matrix; the FM handles the budget in a weak matrix, and in a balanced matrix the responsibility is shared.

    Studying this table will provide you what you need.
     
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