Organizational Theory, Structure, Change, & Culture

Organizational Theory, Structure, Change, & Culture



Organizational Theory, Structure, Change, & Culture  

Assignment Overview

Organizational structure is a key factor in the success of an organization. Moreover, organizational theories assist in addressing business needs successfully by highlighting specific organizational problems and how a suitable structure can deal with them. As a health care professional, you should have a keen understanding of various organizational theories in order to apply them as needed for the success of your organization and/or department.

Case Assignment

Chapter 2 of A Primer of Organization Theories in Health Care (pgs. 27 – 47) discusses the following organization theories in health care:

  1. Structural Contingency Theory
  2. Resource Dependence Theory
  3. Institutional Theory
  4. Population Ecology
  5. Principal-Agent Theory
  6. Transaction Cost Economics
  7. Social Network Theory
  8. Complexity Theory

Part 1:

Based on your readings and additional research, complete the following:

  • Discuss the importance of organizational theory in health care
  • Use the below chart to define and identify the pros and cons of each theory in detail.
Theories Definition Pros Cons
Structural Contingency      
Resource Dependence      
Population Ecology      
Transaction Cost Economics      
Social Network      



Part 2:

In 1-2 pages, identify how the theories interact with one another. Provide health care examples in your writing.

Your scholarly paper should include an introduction and conclusion paragraph.

Assignment Expectations

  1. Conduct additional research to gather sufficient information to justify/support your analysis.
  2. Limit your response to a maximum of 4 pages.
  3. Support your analysis with peer-reviewed articles, using at least 3 references. Use the following link for additional information on how to recognize peer-reviewed journals:
  4. You may use the following source to assist in formatting your assignment:
  5. Georgetown University Library (n.d.) Evaluating internet resources. Retrieved from