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Chapter 6. The Organizational Model: Org... > Deconstructing Organizational Models

Deconstructing Organizational Models

When you encounter any grouping of people, places, or things, two fundamental aspects of the grouping are at work. First is the classification scheme, which determines and defines the categories for grouping individual items. Classification schemes can be based on objective, measurable properties, such as price or availability, or they can be based on subjective features, like quality or value. A well-crafted classification scheme involves not only thoughtful design and exacting definitions; it also requires consistent implementation. However, this is a good place for lofty goals, as the classification scheme is a key factor in creating an intuitive, useful, and satisfying user experience.

Second, the experience of an organized collection of information is affected by the model of association, which describes how the categories are related to one another. For example, if a company’s classification scheme organizes employees by roles, such as contributor, director, or vice president, the model of association says that these classifications are hierarchically related to one another. The model of association works in concert with the classification scheme to fully describe how the company is organized. The organizational model, therefore, is the combination of the classification scheme and the model of association:


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