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  Introduction to Organizations Lecture 1 McFarland Lectures  What is an Organization?   What is an organization?   What is NOT an organization? Hospitals Schools Businesses Stores Companies Factories Families…   Professional associations…   Social movements…   Friendship cliques…   Random collectivities…   Isolated individuals…   What makes something an organization or not?  What is an Organization?   A simple working definition: Organizations are groups whose members coordinate their  behavior in order to accomplish shared goals or to put out a product. Examples Qualities Organizations Companies, schools, families and voluntary associations Roles, rules, goals, recurring behaviors, clear  boundaries. Not Organizations Random collections of persons, isolated individuals No roles, rules, goals, pattern of recurrence, or  boundary.  Ambiguous Cases Street gangs, friendship groups, social movements Less clear roles, rules, and goals, porous boundaries and fluid participants.  What is an Organization?   We can reflect on how common these organizations are. They are everywhere and extremely important!  They serve many functions in society! 
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