A proper matching of technology and the design of organization units can enhance the performance of an organization. After the choice of unit tasks, the choice of technology is a primary consideration in the design of effective units. This article provides a technology typology useful in designing organization units. Using seven design dimensions, including structure, skill requirements of the personnel, and required interpersonal behavior, the technology typology prescribes desired unit designs to match each of twelve technology types. The unit design problem is not a simple task, but may be made a little easier and more rational for those who follow the prescriptions described in the article.
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