Many organizations start out with a simple structure. In this type of structure, an organizational chart is usually not needed. Simple structures do not rely on formal systems of division of labor (Table 9.4 “Simple Structure”).
If the firm is a sole proprietorship, one person performs all the tasks the organization needs to accomplish. For example, on the TV series The Simpsons, both bar owner Moe Szyslak and the Comic Book Guy are shown handling all aspects of their respective businesses.
Table 9.4 Simple Structure Most small businesses begin with a simple structure where one person or a small set of people share the tasks
needed to accomplish the firm’s goals with relatively little formalized division of labor. We illustrate a number of businesses that commonly rely upon a simple structure below.
Need a few dollars to tide you over? You may want to pawn your rare coin collection. The pawn shop’s simple structure will mean that the same person values your coins, decides how much money you can borrow, and writes up your paperwork.
The reality show Miami Ink illustrates how a tattoo parlor’s simple structure governs a colorful set of tattoo artists who create body art for their patrons.
Architects often also act as marketers and accountants when drafting their small business plans.
Bait shop owners generally do not dive deep into their pockets to pay for additional personnel as many are owner operated.
When a dry cleaner is family owned as many are, all members of the family pitch in as needed to clean clothing and wait on customers.
There is flexibility in the management of many yoga studios given the laid back management style often embraced.
Instrument dealers may create beautiful music, but they rarely create complex organizational structures.
“Bridezillas” are an occupational hazard for bridal shops, but these shops are generally able to avoid the complexity associated with other organizational structures.