Surviving at the Expense of Morality

As I flipped through the first few chapters of Scott and Davis’ Organizations and Organizing, my eyes stopped on a quote by Barnard in the natural systems chapter.

“Finally it should be noted that, once established, organizations change their unifying purposes.  They tend to perpetuate themselves; and in the effort to survive may change the reasons for existence” (pg. 89) Continue reading


Hey Managers, your employees aren’t machines! A little social encouragement might just increase productivity…

Here are some concepts from chapter 3 of Scott and Davis’ Organizations and Organizing.  Running your organization as a natural system can build social cohesion among participants and encourage everyone to work for the good of the company.

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The Importance of Conflict

Organizations and society are both significantly influenced by the conflicts that take place within their respective systems. No system is spared from conflict between individuals or collective groups of people. As Davis and Scott state ” conflict and change are a part of organizational life no less than consensus and stability.”(82) As a result, to gain a better understanding of the functioning of a system, removed form the ideal of how it should operate, the conflicts that occur must be examined. Furthermore, conflict can inspire innovation that reshapes systems and society.

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Organization in the Holy Land

My post dealt with how Israeli and Palestinian relations have been unstable , but recent efforts from private organizations and political leaders have improved the relationships between these two groups of people.  Unfortunately, the US’s attempts to stop the violence have only been rejected.  The US needs to reset its strategy at achieving its goal of peace in the Holy Land.

For many years there has been little sign of peace between Israelis and Palestinians, but recently a new strategy has shown promise.  The Aspen Institute, an American think tank, and the Palestinian Investment Fund have begun the Middle East Investment Initiative.  The Initiative lends money to local Palestinian businesses, families, and other groups, which overall helps the local economy.  This organization’s strategy to achieving peace is through improving economic and living conditions.  Similar strategies have been used by the Palestinian leadership resulting in 7% economic growth.  This strategy was supported by the Bush administration and similar policies were proposed by the Israeli Prime Minister.

The US as an organization needs to see how the environment in the area of the Hold Land has changed and in accordance change their strategies for achieving what seems to be the main goal for each one of these separate organizations, peace.  The US should like the Aspen Institute (they acted as the middle man for creating the Middle East Investment Initiative) and help create an organization between Israel and Palestine with the clear goal of improving the Palestinian economy.  The natural system definition perfectly describes what this organization would be like, a organization “whose participants are pursuing multiple interests, both disparate and common, but who recognize the value of perpetuating the organization as an important resource” (p30, Scott and Davis).

Rebuilding an organization to rebuild Haiti

People desire to fix the broken, but what happens when it’s an accumulation of many broken things.  In Haiti the destruction from the earthquake is shocking, but the people have already begun to ban together and plan to rebuild. We are not just talking about rebuilding the buildings as they once were, but reinventing Haiti’s identity through the transformation of a tragedy to an opportunity.  Haiti called on architects, engineers, and urban planners via email to meet up to start the process.  This group of 50 people was formed as they took time out of looking for the missing and shared their ideas of how to rebuild Haiti.  If you were to glance in the direction of these people it would not be what we consider an organization, but rather groups of people chatting.  However, closer examination of these people, what they are doing, and the knowledge of what makes up an organization will lead you to conclude that this is in fact the beginning of what could be a very important organization for Haiti. Continue reading