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the International Organization for Standardization

Organizational structure models, as a particular configuration of structural dimensions, direct and shape the manner in which organization members perform their tasks in the course of achieving the organization’s goals. In different organizational models the organization members make decisions, take actions, and interact within the organization’s functioning in entirely different ways. Thus it can be assumed that the model of the organizational structure influences organizational culture. It is quite possible that the compatibility of the behaviour determined by the structural framework in an organization, on the one hand, and the behaviour determined by cultural assumptions and values, on the other hand, has an impact on strength, i.e., in strengthening or weakening of organizational culture. Organizational culture and structure 39 Based on the understanding of organizational culture and structure, a causality of their relationship, or rather their mutual influence, can be postulated as a reasonable presumption. It can also be assumed that the compatibility of organizational culture and structure would have a positive impact on an organization’s performance. This paper’s goal is to explain the mechanism of mutual influence between organizational culture and structure, but also to operationalize the said relation through developing hypotheses on the compatibility of particular types of organizational culture and particular models of organizational structure. The paper is structured as follows. First, we will explain the manner in which organizational culture influences selection and implementation of organizational structure, as well as the mechanism through which organizational structure influences strengthening or changing of organizational culture. Afterwards, we will present classifications of organizational culture types and organizational structure models, in order to postulate hypotheses on the compatibility of particular types of organizational culture and particular models of organizational structure, all based on similarities between the criteria of their differentiation.