Throughout this semester, our class has discussed a wide range of topics which either directly or indirectly shape organizations. In Scott, we have briefly discussed open-systems, rational systems, and natural systems. We have seen how these perspectives evolved over time, and the various examples of how and when these perspectives tend to apply. Eventually the theory behind each of these perspectives has embedded itself within all organizations. Organizations both large and small seem to have a rationalized use of all of these perspectives.
With the amount of room we have been given for this project, I sat at my computer sifting through webpage after webpage, waiting for that lightning bolt to hit me. I was looking for a topic I am interested about, understand at least the general idea about it, and found that something in the organization has used all of the theories that we have studied in one way or another. I found myself thinking that the only thing that I could truly relate to was fraternity life at Bucknell.
In this past year, my involvement in my fraternity has dwindled to say the least. From initially becoming a lowly pledge, to now being closer to an old alumnus than an active brother, I have seen the structure that binds our fraternity change. Within each fraternity is an elaborate system that is constantly changing with each fresh-off-the-boat pledge, and each newly departed saggy old alumni. I have realized however, that this change happens throughout the fraternity by affecting different “divisions” if you will. From the almighty executive committee, to the powerless pledge, within an organization that is created through roughly 80 “men”, many of the theories and structures that we have discussed in organizations are relatively clear. A complete and distinct set of rules and guidelines are put in place to continue smooth operations. With each new-year, new executives are given power to run operations, dividing down responsibility to trusted people. However, with such a short turnover rate, the system lends itself to constant change and restructuring.
With this paper, I hope to look my fraternities (and others) and analyze it first as a static organization, one that is built on a credo, and inherent values. From this I will analyze this organization as a variable organization where different theories and perspectives live and change through the constantly changing bureaucratic system.
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