The Als Association Essay

1814 Words Jul 9th, 2016 8 Pages
The ALS Association

Hannah Parry

SOCI 3377: Organizations & Their Environments
Dr. Campbell
February 12, 2016

The ALS Association is a national non-profit organization dedicated to spreading awareness and finding a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing patients to lose the ability to control muscle movement (ALSA.org 2016). The cause of the disease is still unknown and while medication and therapy can treat the symptoms and progression of the disease, there is still no cure. The ALS Association works through research, public education, care services, and public policy initiatives towards finding a cure and
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Paramount to the function of bureaucracy is a formal hierarchical structure, which serves as a ranking system of authority and is the basis of centralized decision making. Each level controls the level below and is managed by the level above. Positions are specialized to the task at hand and attained by qualifications, skill, or expertise. A bureaucracy’s mission is to serve itself and those within it.
The ALS Association’s organizational structure is hierarchical with a clear “top down” distribution of power. The organization is led by a president/CEO. Next in line of authority are the chief officers, whose positions are highly specialized to areas of focus including science, staff, care services, communications and marketing, finance, public policy, and chapter relations and development. Local chapters are managed by the Chief Chapter Relations and Development Officer, but operate largely on their own to provide support and spread awareness about ALS to the community. While The ALS Association is a non-profit charity organization, it utilizes a bureaucratic structure to “operate within a business model designed to ensure stability and promote financial strength” (charitynavigator.org 2016).
Also characteristic of bureaucracy is its effective management by rules. Intentional, explicitly stated rules and regulations allow

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