One of the disadvantages in a functional organizational is that in larger organizations, there could be a difference of communication and priority between each of the different departments. Especially since each department has different goals and timelines, and according to Dess et al., (2014, p. 314), the use of common terminology may also be different, and make for poor communication.
Please explain how a manager could improve communications between departments within a functional organizational structure without significantly disrupting the functionality of the organization or departments?
Communication is very important for an organisation and it needs to be developed. It is the duty of a manager to see that the communication levels in the organisation are very good . They can arrange meets every week so that everyone gets to know each other. Internal chat messenger can be installed so that the employees can communicate with each other. A dash board can be arranged and it can be filled with messages daily which is fun and does not interfere with work. For any step it is the manager who needs to start it and they are responsible for maintaining good communication in the organisation so that work environment will be pleasant.