Organizational Patterns


Organizational patterns may refer to commonplace organizational patterns in writing, such as

  1. Causal Order (aka Cause and Effect)
  2. Chronological Order
  3. Compare and Contrast
  4. Deductive Order
  5. Emphatic Order (aka Order of Importance)
  6. Inductive Order (aka Climatic Order)
  7. Logical Order
  8. Problem and Solution Order
  9. Instructions or Process Order (aka Sequential Order)
  10. Spatial Order

Different genres of discourse have uniques methods of organization.

Synonymous Terms

Organizational patterns may also be known as

  • Organizational Sructures
  • Organizational Schema (US) or Schemata (UK)
  • mental models
  • mental frameworks
  • cognitive structures
  • organizational framework
  • knowledge structures

Related Concepts: Audience Awareness; Genre; Logical Reasoning; Page Design & Scannability

Why Do Organizational Patterns – Structures Matter?

  • Texts that are well organized are more likely to be read and understood than those that are disorganized.
  • Texts that follow conventional patterns are scannable.
    • In today’s information ecosystem, most texts that are designed to be skimmed. In some instances, readers will only read certain parts of a text–such as a review of research section or a results section in a scientific article.


SHRM. (2017). Understanding Organizational Structures. Understanding Organizational Structures.

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