Markets, Bureaucracies, and Clans

William G. Ouchi discusses in the article Markets, Bureaucracies, and Clans the importance of evaluating organizational efficiency in order to determine the value of individuals to an organization. He states that a transaction cost framework allows for this type of evaluation of organizational efficiency-the framework is based on two conditions, namely goal incongruence and performance ambiguity. These conditions can combine in several ways to determine the best mechanism for mediation or control in determining value. The three basic mechanisms are markets, bureaucracies, and clans. Once again, the organization chooses the mechanism based on combination of conditions with the organization.

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A Top Secret Secret: What the FBI doesn’t want the average American to think about.

We all know the shows… CSI, Law&Order, Psych, Bones… The list goes on. All of these shows display American crime fighting in action, displaying intense technology that the average person who watches these shows could only dream of having. But do these technologies really exist? Continue reading

Does achieving goals mean success?

As the swim season comes to a close after six months of intense training and meets, it is time to evaluate our success. Success in swimming can be measured on a variety of levels: the number of meets won, the number of individual best times, the number of people that qualified for NCAA’s, the number of records broken, etc. Though each a sufficient method, evaluating success based on team and individual goals is an easy way that encompasses many of the fore stated quantitative results as well as other non-measurable aspects of the sport.

At the start of each season the women’s team captains arrange a meeting in which we discuss our aspirations and objectives for the season. Continue reading

Enrons Visions and Values: What are they hiding?

As I was reading about goals in Organizations and Organizing (Scott and Davis) I immediately thought of Enron. The in the above video Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling discuss what they want the public Continue reading