Bloggable ideas from Ch 2 of O&O

As an example of how to draw inspiration for blogging from the Scott and Davis book, Organizations and Organizing, I offer the following list of prompts from my notes.

  • Can it really be rational to purseu goals with maximum efficiency without caring about the selection of goals? Have you ever seen a group or organization do that?
  • Goal specificity: What would happen if you looked at some companies’ missions or annual reports.  Would you see goal specificity?  Why or why not?
  • The book (38 ) talks about several managerial systems like MBO, ISO 9000, and so on.  What is up with those?  What are they?  Are they still being pursued?  Are they simply “fads”?
  • Formalization of roles can objectify the structure (39).  Have you seen this in organizations you are a part of?  Greek system?
  • People who don’t like formality of systems are upset with how goals were derived, not formality (40, Stinchcombe quote).  Some critics now of TARP funds (bail out) are saying that they are being misused.  IS that an example of this point?
  • Have you worked in fast food?  Is it an example of Taylor’s Scientific management?
  • Have you seen examples of Weber’s three types of authority (47)?  Is there less charismatic authority now?
  • Can bureaucracy be good?  When, under what conditions?
  • Is The Office funny becuase it udnerstands some problems with bureaucracy or rational organizations?
  • Can you have organizations without rationality? How?

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The importance of threads

Great saying for ideas and how they link:

Do you think me a learned, well-read man?”
“Certainly,” replied Zi-gong, “Aren’t you?”
“Not at all,” said Confucius, “I have simply grasped one thread which links up the rest. “

Recounted in Sima Qian (145-ca. 89BC)