A Revolution of Words

The article I read does not make what I would call a profound statement about blogging (profound being if someone said, “Blogging will replace books completely” — as idiotic as that may sound).  However, it was written in 2002 and appeared in Wired.  The Blogging Revolution , by Andrew Sullivan, is ahead of its time, only having been written 2 years after the idea of “Web 2.0” emerged for the first time.  I think it was a very important insight into what blogging would become and how it would affect our lives on a daily basis.  The author makes an analogy between Napster for music and blogging being the future of words and information — and I couldn’t agree more.  For I always have much more respect for someone if they make a claim that isn’t readily accepted because it is ahead of its time. Continue reading

Learning from the Past- Structural Changes over Time

The final chapter of Organizations and Organizing, Changing Contours of Organizations and Organization Theory draws in many of the concepts that have been used throughout the rest of the book.  Although it poses challenges to some of the theories set forth in earlier chapter, one major agreement can be found between the chapter and previous concepts.  One aspect of Chapter 14 emphasizes the ways in which organizations have changed their structures over time.  These developments occur due to mobilization on an international level.  On page 382 it is stated that, “over time the boundaries delimiting organizational form shift as a consequence of both segregating and blending processes, as new forms arise, undergo random drift, recombination, and deinstitutionalization.” The chapter addresses the idea that organizations do not begin each day with a “blank slate” but rather that they are able to inherit many ideas from predecessors.

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Diversity in Paradigms and Culture

In the chapter “Changing Contours of Organizations and Org Theory” of Organizations and Organizing Scott and Davis discuss the changes that are developing in the area of organization theory.  Two examples of change in the field caught my attention and reminded me of a concept from a previous chapter, “From Unitary to Multiparadigm” and “From Monocultural to Multicultural Studies.”  These two areas of change are similar in that they both deal with the evolution of knowledge in a certain area via diversity whether it’s in theories and ideas or international professional literature on the topic of organizational literature.  Diversity is gaining support as more academics and theorists become aware that “sometimes faulty assumptions and blind spots that we inherit from our predecessors” (Scott and Davis, p369).  The two topics’ push for diversity immediately recalled postmodernism and its suggestion of diversity over control and suppression of non-dominant cultures in an organization.  This similarity between postmodernism and the two topics from chapter 14 shows that the field of organizational theory is finally catching up with the vastly diverse cultures that make up modern multinational companies.

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Basic Organizational Forms: A Second Look

The concept of basic organizational forms is useful to the analysis of an organization’s nature because it details how the fundamental structure of a company impacts its information processing and goal setting behavior. Identifying the difference between unified and multiplex modes of organizing, there are a number of basic organizational forms that have been established as capable of adding to a company’s ability to deal with raising information processing demands. The contrasts between these forms helps one to realize that different organizations will have to cope with the increasing need for information processing in varying manners. Making it possible for the organizational theorist to analyze how a company’s complex goals are formed by the manner in which its structures cause information to be processed. However, as times change, so to do the forms organizations take; meaning that this concept needs to be updated to remain a useful tool of analysis.

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Health Care a Right or a Privilege?

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Health care reform had to face many obstacles before it got passed. In this post, I will argue why I believe health care is extremely important for the American society and why government should have the responsability to take care of its citizens.

It is crucial to bear in  mind that without free health care less favored groups will not  have access. It is extremely difficult for someone with a low income to pay the high costs of medicines and hospital care. In America everything related to health is very expensive; I can recall from personal experience. A few years ago I was severely injured in a car accident, my bill surpassed the half million dollar mark. If I hadn’t been insured I’d still be paying now for the costs. As Jordi post mentions, 45,000 American people die each year because they are not insured. The government has the power to decrease that number and save thousands of lives. The health care system needed to have these changes to benefit society as a whole, instead of only the people who could afford it.
I believe health is a right, not a privileged. As a matter of fact the United Nations Bill of Rights in its third article says: “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” How can we guarantee life if medical attention is only a privileged for those who can pay for it?
On the other hand, in a way the fact that health care is proportional to your income makes sense since those who have more should pay more and at the same time get the type of attention they prefer. However, since health is a right it should be the government’s responsibility; it should be free for all. People pay taxes, therefore, they deserve services, including health.

It will be a hard transition for the American people to change their current medical systems. Nevertheless, I think it is going towards the right direction. Free health care is a right we should all fight for.

T-Shirt Poll

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So below is the poll for T-shirt ideas… voting ends on Sunday at 5PM.
You can vote for up to 3 ideas because there are so many options.

Shadow Banks and The Great Recession

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In last week’s post I looked at current financial reform and regulation, and why these are necessary to fix the economic situation in America.  I had looked into what this new regulation would entail and a lot of it was about regulating shadow banks.  According to the Paul Krugman column Financial Reform 101 there had been a lot of regulation of standard banks in the post-World War II period, which is why there had been such a long period of stability.  Unfortunately the regulations did not apply to “shadow banks,” institutions that carried out banking functions, but weren’t banks.  These shadow banks were able to operate without being controlled by the same regulations which standard banks were.  This enabled the shadow banks to make a lot of money really quickly, but at the same time left them very vulnerable to any risks, such as the mortgage crisis.  I want to look into the emergence of these shadow banks and the effect they had on the economic crisis.

In order to look into these shadow banks I want to look into the recent history of companies such as Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch.  I want to research the ways they operated and what risks they took that were dangerous.  I already know that Merrill Lynch worked closely with Enron, an obvious risk to begin with.  I want to look into court testimonies, interviews and investigations to determine what risks these companies took and how they lead to the financial crisis.  I think that these organizations operated in an open system.  I want to look into the ways that these organizations affected their environment and the ways in which their regulation-free environment affected them.  The actions of these organizations sent the economy into one of the worst recessions since the Great Depression and required the government to spend billions of dollars in order to keep the economy from collapsing. The environment also had an effect on the ways in which these organizations operated.  Because there were no existing regulations there was nothing to keep them from taking the risks they did.  I want to investigate the specific actions taken by Merrill Lynch and Lehman brothers and the ways they possibly affected the environment as well as the effect that any regulation or lack thereof had on their actions.  As I said I plan to look into testimony from things such as the Congressional Oversight Panel, and newspaper articles throughout the past decade about the operations of these companies.  I also want to look for scholarly articles regarding the lack of regulation, or Lehman Brothers or Merrill Lynch.