formal structure

formal structure, formal organization
A term first used by the Human Relations Movement for the managerial blueprint, organizational chart, or chain of authority and communication in an organization. It may be contrasted with the informal organization or system of human relations through which the organization actually operates, and which typically departs (sometimes widely) from the formal structure. See also organization theory.

Dictionary of sociology. 2013.

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  • formal — for•mal [[t]ˈfɔr məl[/t]] adj. 1) being in accordance with the usual requirements, customs, etc.; conventional: to pay one s formal respects[/ex] 2) marked by form or ceremony: a formal occasion[/ex] 3) clo designed for wear or use at elaborate… …   From formal English to slang

  • Formal organization — is a fixed set of rules of intra organization procedures and structures. As such, it is usually set out in writing, with a language of rules that ostensibly leave little discretion for interpretation. In some societies and in some organization,… …   Wikipedia

  • structure — struc•ture [[t]ˈstrʌk tʃər[/t]] n. v. tured, tur•ing 1) the manner in which something is constructed 2) the manner in which the elements of anything are organized or interrelated: the structure of a poem; the structure of protein[/ex] 3)… …   From formal English to slang

  • formal logic — the branch of logic concerned exclusively with the principles of deductive reasoning and with the form rather than the content of propositions. [1855 60] * * * Introduction       the abstract study of propositions, statements, or assertively used …   Universalium

  • formal — form|al1 W2S2 [ˈfo:məl US ˈfo:r ] adj ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(official)¦ 2¦(behaviour)¦ 3¦(language)¦ 4¦(event/occasion)¦ 5¦(clothes)¦ 6 formal education/training/qualifications 7¦(organized)¦ 8¦(garden/park)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • formal — formal1 formalness, n. /fawr meuhl/, adj. 1. being in accordance with the usual requirements, customs, etc.; conventional: to pay one s formal respects. 2. marked by form or ceremony: a formal occasion. 3. designed for wear or use at occasions or …   Universalium

  • structure, formal — See formal structure …   Dictionary of sociology

  • formal organization — See formal structure …   Dictionary of sociology

  • formal — for·mal adj 1: relating to or involving outward form, structure, or arrangement rather than content a formal defect in the pleadings 2: requiring special or established solemnities or formalities esp. in order to be effective or valid under the… …   Law dictionary

  • formal — [fôr′məl] adj. [ME < L formalis < forma, FORM] 1. of external form or structure, rather than nature or content 2. of the internal form; relating to the intrinsic or essential character or nature 3. of or according to prescribed or fixed… …   English World dictionary

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