What is the purpose of each level of the Parsons/Thompson Model of an organization?

Category: General Questions

One of the more mature models of general organizational structure is a three-level view that was originally envisioned by sociologist Talcott Parsons in the 1950’s and further developed by sociologist James Thompson in the 1960’s. Parsons’ research identified three general levels that are common to most social organizations (technical, managerial, and institutional), based on the observation that different types of activities occur at each level. Thompson built on Parsons’ ideas by further identifying the different types of activities that occur at each level.