The Structural Functional Model
The structural functional approach tests the durability and flexibility of the organization's structure for responding to a diversity of situations and events.
According to this model, all systems need maintenance and continuity. The following aspects define this:
- security of the organization as whole in relation to the social forces in its environment (this relates to ability to forestall threatened aggressions or deleterious consequences from the actions of others);
- stability of lines of authority and communication (this refers to the continued capacity of leadership to control and have access to individuals in the system);
- stability of informal relations within the organization;
- continuity of policy making (this refers to the ability to reexamine policy an a continuing basis);
- homogeneity of outlook (this refers the ability to effectively orient members to organization norms and beliefs).