Functional structure

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Functional structure is an organizational structure that groups employees by their similar specialties, roles, and tasks.


Definitions

According to Organizational Behavior by Robbins and Judge (17th edition),

Functional structure. An organizational structure that groups employees by their similar specialties, roles, and tasks.

According to Management by Robbins and Coulter (14th edition),

Functional structure. An organizational structure that groups together similar or related occupational specialties.

According to the Strategic Management by David and David (15th edition),

Functional structure. A type of organizational design that groups tasks and activities by business function, such as production/operations, marketing, finance/accounting, research and development, and management information systems.

According to the HRBoK Guide,

Functional structure. Group of people performing similar tasks. A department or division where people have similar specialties or skills (for example, the accounting or IT department in an organization).

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