suborganization

noun sub·or·ga·ni·za·tion \ ˌsəb-ˌȯr-gə-nə-ˈzā-shən , -ˌȯrg-nə- \
variants: or sub-organization

Definition of suborganization

plural suborganizations or sub-organizations
: an organization that is controlled by and subordinate to another organization
  • It is seldom possible to reform a suborganization for the benefit of the parent organization without encountering resistance.
  • —Theodore Caplow
  • Every organization—except the very smallest—is a cluster of suborganizations of varying sizes, which are organizations in their own right …
  • —Theodore Caplow

First Known Use of suborganization

1838

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