Organizational Systems Theory

Organizational Systems Theory Definition:

Organizational Systems theory describes how organizational structures and functions interact with the external environment and are influenced by external forces (Bowditch & Buono, 2001; Dooley,1997).


Within an organization, people combine their talents to reach a common goal. However, many cases power ends up not being equally distributed because it is concentrated at the top and the expectation is that it will trickle down and benefit everyone the same.


Communities can use this theory by sharing their knowledge. For example, someone that attends college and graduates, but is from a community where attending is not the norm, they can return to that community and help others become college bound by sharing their knowledge. The point is to not keep knowledge or power captive.

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