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Characteristics of an Organization

An organization has its own definite purpose. Without any purpose or goal individuals come together and establish among themselves a definite pattern or system of interaction. The smooth running of an organization depends much on the mutual understanding, cooperation and consensus among its members.

The family as an organization can run smoothly only when its members have mutual understanding, cooperation and consensus among themselves. An organization is understood as a mechanism that brings different people together into a network of interaction to perform different functions.

The organization assigns statuses and roles to the individuals and makes them to assume statuses and enact roles. The organization can function without any problem if there prevails harmony between the acceptance of the statuses by the members and their enactment of the related roles. An organization maintains its control over the behavior of its members and regulates their activities. It makes use of various formal as well as informal means of social control for this purpose.