Organizations that are designed and operated as if they were machines, are now usually called bureaucracies. But most organizations are bureaucratized in some degree, for the mechanistic mode of thought has shaped our most basic conceptions of what organization is all about.
Analyze the overall functional structure of a traditional organization (including its business strategy) utilizing the machine metaphor. This analysis may be from recent literature or gathered from an actual organization.
Evaluate the organization's functions (marketing, operations, finance, and so on) and its values and principles from a mechanistic frame.
Analyze the strengths and shortcomings of the machine metaphor as it relates to your selected organization.
Where appropriate, examine functional differences influencing global boundaries.