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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Technology Revised

5) Technology – New techniques, processes, products, inventions, or innovations that increase the efficiency (with respect to economics) in some area of business, society, or government that have not become widespread or a “norm” within said business, society, or government.

Words should serve a purpose.  Currently the definition of technology is something along the lines of “everything”.  People could argue that everything we use today is some form of technology, from the chairs we sit on to the cars we drive and even to the fire we use for heat.  But how does this definition of technology provide us with anything useful we can use when analyzing the world around us.  We don’t need another word for “everything”.  My definition is much more specific, useable, and relevant.

I chose not to use this concept in my responses to the other two questions because even though it would be easy to work it in, I felt that with its current definition, it does not add anything useful or offer any new or unique insight.  The word simply refers to too great a spectrum of ideas, processes, and innovations.  Would it make sense to talk about fire as a source of heat and cell phones in the same sentence?

Words should facilitate learning, understanding, and the conveyance of information.  There is a reason using a word like “stuff” is not the best way to express ideas.  For example, a research paper titles “The Study of Stuff” does not really help the reader understand what the author is talking about.  If the definition of technology is so broad, then we might as well replace the word with “stuff”.

Are Thompson’s Levels a Good Model?

In his work Organizations in Action, James D. Thompson attempts to reconcile rational, natural, and open system perspectives on the basis of three levels within organizations.  The first is the technical level, which carries out production functions and encompasses the rational system perspective.  The second is the managerial level, which designs and controls how the organization is run and brings in the natural system perspective.  Finally, the institutional level relates the organization to the greater environment, similar to an open systems perspective…At least this is what Thompson argues… Continue reading

The Types of Organizational Culture

After reading Chapter 3 of “Organizations and Organizations”, I chose to write about organizational cultures as one of my concepts.  Organizational culture shows a “group’s shared values, attitudes, beliefs, assumptions, artifacts, and behaviors” (Tharp 2).  Organizational culture reflects a broad spectrum of internal and external relationships and “guides individual actions even to the extent that members are not even aware they are influenced by it” (Tharp 2).  Chester Barnard believed that organizational cultures should have “motivating power and purpose” and use structure and procedures so that they become infused with value (Scott and Davis 72).  Barnard also recognizes “the importance of organizational cultures shaped by zealous managers supplying strongly held values to members” (72).  Strong organizational cultures include good environments and open communication.  Organizational cultures should function to support the organization in implementing its goals.

Organization theory scholars recognize that organizational cultures directly correlate to the performance of an organization.  In studying various organizations, scholars have determined that, in general, there are four types of organizational culture types, including control, complete, collaborate, and create (Tharp 2). Continue reading

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised…

Will it be blogged?

These are the instructions for your super special, extra, extra last post.  The stakes are high.  Success is worth a third of a letter grade on your final grade.  So, C –>C+; B+ –> A- and so on.

  1. You need to write a post that riffs, reflects, or analyzes the idea that blogging  and social media (also known as the living web, as the read write edit web, as the blogosphere, as cyberspace) are revolutionary.
  2. You will need to find a published argument by someone who makes bold, strong claims about the impact of these technologies and how they are used.
  3. You can agree or disagree.
  4. You can not use the same source publication as someone else.
  5. Published means from a print or digital source.  Digital sources must have a clear author (no wiki) and be demonstrably relevant or well-known.  For example, if it is an essay or long post form a blog, it should be a blog with some authority.  There are ways to ascertain authority.  Learning about them can be part of your learning process.
  6. Hey, a BOOK is a published form also.  (You don’t have to read a whole book, but relevant portions).
  7. You may be creative in the style or format of your post.
  8. You must post this by May 16, noon.  No exceptions.
  9. Posts must be of high quality in terms of style, mechanics, and insights.
  10. I am the final arbiter of earning credit.  No exceptions.

Historical note: “The Revolution Will not be Televised” is a classic hip-hop sung poem by Gil Scott Heron.  Yes!  It is from 1970-71. Watch!

After a long, difficult life, he is back with a new album and tour.

PS: “The revolution will be live..”

There’s a New Form in Town

The M-form (a.k.a. multi-divisional) type of corporate governance began to replace the U-form post WWI. (Scott & Davis) The old U-form, which was found in companies like railroads and large industrial firms, was becoming outdated. Thus, firms like du Pont, GM, Sears, and Standard Oil decided to create a new form. It consists of a general office HQ and several regional divisions, each of which performed different functions. The form was found to perform well in diverse markets. The M-form describes a type of organizational structure consisting of a relatively large number of relatively small units, which are controlled mainly by the setting of goals from a corporate headquarters. By the late 1970s, nearly 9 out of 10 companies utilized the M-form concept to divide the company into divisions based on the output produced. (Scott & Davis) Continue reading

T Shirt Design…

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