Blogging will not change every business…but it will change many

I read a cool BusinessWeek article called “Social Media Will Change Your Business.”  The article, by Stephen Baker and Heather Green, is a follow up (in 2008) to a May 2005 article titled “Blogs Will Change Your Business.”  Three years later the authors still claim that blogs will change each and every business, but they recognize that it is no longer just blogs.  Twitter, Myspace, Facebook and others have popped up since the original article and so the power of all social media tools is discussed.

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Weick on Organizations as Nouns

Over time, how an organization is defined has changed.  Traditionally, there have been common features of organizations that deal with their structure.  Scott and Davis consider organizations to be “social structures created by individuals to support the collaborative pursuit of specified goals.”  All organizations must define objectives, induce participants to contribute services, control and coordinate these contributions, and gather resources and offer products or services, train (or select) participants.  They also must find a way to coincide with the pressures of the workforce.

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What exactly is Gibberish?  Well, to start off, it’s not that.

Gibberish actually is based upon fundamental rules.  Who knew?!?!?!

Before I enlighten you as to how to speak Gibberish, let me tell you how my weird mind works.  I was sitting at my computer one foggy day unsure what I wanted to blog about.  Ignoring Jordi’s rule of not using Google and Wikipedia and whatever else it is, I went to google.com.  With no ideas as to what to write, I struck multiple keys on the keyboard, forming an incoherent phrase in the search box.  Suddenly, it came to me.  Jibberish!  (Yes, I know I have been inconsistent with my spelling of the world, but this is how I thought it was spelled at the time before I did some thorough research.)

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BlOrg Theory T-Shirts?

As we were brainstorming the other day out in the Engineering Quad, we all came to the idea that t-shirts would be super sweet.  Now of course there have been some suggestions, Christian’s which was a real crowd pleaser, but it should probably be the kind of shirt you wouldn’t mind going to your grandmother’s house in.  If we are serious about this, I say that we get some ideas flowing through the blog for anyone who has them.  I think it would be a neat idea to get t-shirts made.  I’d definitely rock it all the time.  So for any of you that have ideas, just comment on this post and then we can vote on the best or whatnot.

The Rise and Fall: Government Spending

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Over the course of the current recession that we are currently in, the government continues to push out large amounts of money.  With the national debt over $12.5 trillion,(can you cite please?) the continued spending of millions and millions of dollars is not pushing it down.  But how exactly does the government keep coming up with this money, and at what cost to the citizens of the country?  Why does the government continue to spend obscene amounts of money without having it?  No matter what the government spends money on, or doesn’t spend money on for that matter, half the population of the United States is going to complain about it. Continue reading

Is ObamaCare really the most important?

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While this story about the Obamacare package has been unfolding, people have neglected to see other important bills going through the house.  The article entitled The End of the American Graduation Initiative was written about exactly this.  Being that it was about something that college students could relate to, I found it very interesting.  The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA) has been dropped from the house due to the health care bill.  What the SAFRA, which included the American Graduation Initiative (AGI) program, intended to do was make college more affordable for potential students. Continue reading

Administrative Behavior in Enron

I thought it would be interesting to look at how the administrative system of Enron behaved throughout the life of the company.  There were changes in upper level management throughout the business life of Enron and not everyone acted the same as his/her predecessor.  Simon’s Theory of Administrative Behavior (Scott and Davis, 53) talks about an individual’s decisions, how organizations simplify said decisions, and ultimate goals and how they lead to the development of the means-ends chain.  “As DiMaggio and Powell stress, ‘March and Simon…taught us that organizational behavior, particularly decision making, involves rule following more that calculation of consequences'” (Scott and Davis, 56).  I thought it would be intriguing to take a look at how Lay, Kinder, Skilling and the others acted with regards to Simon’s theory. Continue reading