Theory E²: Working with Entrepreneurs in Closely-Held Enterprises X: Interplay between Entrepreneurship and Organizational Structures and Operations, and Organizational Culture

Theory E²: Working with Entrepreneurs in Closely-Held Enterprises X: Interplay between Entrepreneurship and Organizational Structures and Operations, and Organizational Culture

William Bergquist

In the previous essay we examined four characteristics that we believe interplay with entrepreneurial style in a significant (but often subtle) manner. We examined maturity level (of the individuals and groups with which entrepreneur is working), convening task(s), convening problems, and external environment. In this essay we will examine two other characteristics that influence and are influenced by entrepreneurial style: organizational structures and operations, and organizational culture.  As was the case in the previous essay, we will suggest ways in which each of the four entrepreneurship styles relates to each of these characteristics.

Organizational Structure and Operations

This fifth characteristic concerns the structure of the closely-held enterprise and, more specifically, ways in which the organization uses information and makes decisions. We will consider both traditional, hierarchical structures and newly emerging distributive structures.

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William Bergquist

William BergquistWilliam Bergquist, Ph.D. An international coach and consultant, professor in the fields of psychology, management and public administration, author of more than 45 books, and president of a graduate school of psychology. Dr. Bergquist consults on and writes about personal, group, organizational and societal transitions and transformations. His published work ranges from the personal transitions of men and women in their 50s and the struggles of men and women in recovering from strokes to the experiences of freedom among the men and women of Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union. In recent years, Bergquist has focused on the processes of organizational coaching. He is coauthor with Agnes Mura of coachbook, co-founder of the International Journal of Coaching in Organizations and co-founder of the International Consortium for Coaching in Organizations. His graduate school (The Professional School of Psychology: www.psychology.edu) offers Master and Doctoral degrees in both clinical and organizational psychology to mature, accomplished adults.

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