Images of Organization by Gareth Morgan

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1. Ch7 - Organizations as Psychic Prisons (exploring Plato's cave)

1.1. Plato's Cave

1.1.1. Appearance vs reality -- knowledge

1.2. Trap of perspective

1.2.1. Paradox: What we know increases what we don't know

1.2.2. Groupthink: reinforcing the validity of the cave and preventing emergence of other worlds and perspectives

1.3. Freud & the Unconscious

1.3.1. Klein (annihilation)

1.3.2. Winnicot (transitional object)

1.3.3. Kohut (self psychology)

1.3.4. Anxiety - unless it's resolved, we build defense mechanisms

1.3.5. Freud's defense strategies Repression, denial, displacement, fixation, frustration, projection, introjection, rationalization, reaction, formation, sublimation, idealization, splitting

1.4. Jung

1.4.1. Archetype, shadow, myth, tension of the opposites (transcendent function, MBTI), collective unconscious

1.5. Strengths

1.5.1. Encourages metaphorical perspective

1.5.2. Understand complexity

1.5.3. Language for group dynamics, relationships

1.5.4. Link rational/irrational, conscious/unconscious

1.6. Limitations

1.6.1. Not just about the unconscious -- sometimes a cigar is just a cigar

1.6.2. Prisons are more than just cognitive constructs

1.6.3. Utopian resolution

1.6.4. Hubris that the unconscious can be understood

2. Ch8 Organizations as Flux & Transformation (unfolding logics of change)

2.1. Autopoiesis (Maturana/Varela)

2.1.1. Problems do not come from changes in external environment

2.1.2. Living systems are organizationally closed systems of interactions that make reference only to themselves. Living systems are characterized by autonomy, circularity, and self-reference They are organized in ways that conserve for self-preservation and self-identity. Patterns of interaction are always self-referential. Interaction with "environment" is really self-reflection and part of the organization that conserves identity. Closure (self-reference) is what defines a system as a system Systems have no beginning or end because they are closed loops of interactions. Self-referring systems can exist as components within other self-referring systems

2.1.3. Challenges distinctions between a system and its environment. We see systems as distinct because we see them from OUR point of view. When we look at their inner logic, we understand that they are self-conserving and structurally coupled with other systems Relations with any environment are internally determined

2.1.4. Examples Bees Individual bee as organism with self-referencing physiology Bee society - self-referencing relationships Society & environment - also self-referencing Bee system is structurally coupled with insect, animal, agricultural, human, and social systems. A change in one can transform the others. Changes are produced by variations within the overall system (not as a result of external influence) The Brain Organizes its environment as an extension of itself Does not hold a representation of the environment in memory Does not process information received from the environment as an independent domain Creates images of external reality as expressions or descriptions of its own organization, interacts with these images, and modifies them based on experience. Organizations Act to conserve for self-identity and self-preservation Org problems are connected to the conservation of a particular identity Understanding org change requires paying attention to the patterns that embrace both the organization and its broadly defined environment. Enactment (how orgs function, what they pay attention to) is a core process that projects, defines & produces an organization's identity.

2.2. Chaos & Complexity

2.2.1. Pattern is what evolves

2.2.2. Complex non-linear systems Multiple systems of interaction that are both ordered and chaotic Random fluctuations can produce new cascading patterns of systemic change Coherence always emerges out of the randomness and surface chaos Randomness, diversity, instability become resources for change Attractors Tensions that define the context in which detailed system behaviors unfold Some pull system toward equilibrium Others flip system into new configurations

2.2.3. Edge of chaos Bifurcation points Always exist as latent potentials e.g. Butterfly effect Energy within system can self-organize in unpredictable ways into different system states If old attractor is dominant, system reverts to a version of its former state If new pattern is dominant, system can move into a new configuration

2.2.4. Implications for Managing Rethink what we mean by organization, especially the nature of hierarchy & control Order is natural but cannot be planned Order evolves under the influence of simple systemic rules Learn the art of managing and changing contexts Learn how to use small changes to create large effects Live with continuous transformation and emergent order as a natural state of affairs Be open to new metaphors that can facilitate processes of self-organization

2.3. Dialectical Opposition

2.3.1. Reversion is the movement of the Tao

2.3.2. Marxian Thinking

2.3.3. Dialectics of Management

2.3.4. Innovation as creative destruction

2.4. Mutual Causality

2.4.1. Magorah Maruyama Positive & Negative feedback loops Deviation amplification process

2.4.2. Contextual Analysis

2.4.3. Identify key patterns & system archetypes

2.5. Types of Orgs

2.5.1. Egocentric Orgs See themselves as discrete, functioning to survive against the pressures of the outside world Fixed notion of who they are or what they can be Often enact identities in pursuit of short-term goals Try to sustain unrealistic identities & create identities that destroy important parts of their context/environment E.g. fisheries, large scale agriculture, chemical plants May not see environmental changes as relevant to their identity preservation e.g. watch makers, typewriter manufacturers

2.5.2. Systemic Orgs Survival is always WITH the environment, never against it Self-image held in a systems perspective

2.6. Limitations

2.6.1. If change is emergent, we're not in control

2.6.2. Powerless power is a challenging message

2.6.3. Negates the idea that it's possible to organize, predict and control

2.6.4. Can be hard to say if rules create a pattern or simply describe it

2.7. Strengths

2.7.1. Seeks to understand the nature, source, and logic of change

2.7.2. Potential for managing change at a higher (causal) level

2.7.3. Emphasis on seeing/working with patterns in systems

2.7.4. Fusion of organization and environment

2.7.5. Organizing rules of attractor patterns hold organization-environment relations in a particular configuration Small changes can produce large effects

2.7.6. Change is self-organizing and emergent

2.8. David Bohm

2.8.1. The universe is a flowing and unbroken wholeness

2.8.2. Outward state of the universe at a given moment reflects its inward state. Implicate (Enfolded) Order Explicate (Unfolded) Order

2.8.3. True understanding requires understanding the generative processes that link implicate and explicate orders.

2.9. Gregory Bateson

2.9.1. Wholes evolve as complete fields of relations. The pattern must be understood as a whole because the whole possesses a logic of its own -- it cannot be understood as separate interacting parts.

3. Ch6 - Organizations as Political Systems (interests, conflict, power)

3.1. Conflicts

3.1.1. When interests collide, conflicts show up

3.1.2. Thomas test for conflict management: When to use conflict-handling styles Competing Emergencies important issues with unpopular actions,etc Collaborating integrative solutions objective is to learn merge insights from people with different perspectives gain commitment by incorporating concerns to build or repair feelings in a relationship Compromising goals, outcomes not important opponents have eual power and mutually exclusive goals achieve temporary solutions in complex situations arrive at quick solutions when time is a factor when collaboration or competition is unsuccessful Avoiding issue is trivial or there are other more pressing issues chances of getting a solution don't exist potential disruption outweighs benefits allow people to cool down others can resolve on their own Accommodating when you are wrong and want to be reasonable issues are more important to others and you want to maintain cooperation build credit for other issues minimize loss when losing promote harmony & stability allow subordinates to learn from mistakes

3.2. Power

3.2.1. Sources of Power formal authority control of scarce resources use of org structure & rules control of decision & processes control of knowledge & information control of boundaries ability to cope with uncertainty control of technology, interpersonal alliances, networks control of counterorganizations symbolism & the management of meaning gender & the management of gender relations structural factors that define the stage of action the power one already has

3.2.2. Power is not just what people have, it's also projected

3.2.3. Gender

3.3. Managing a pluralistic organization

3.3.1. Unitary

3.3.2. Radical

3.3.3. Pluralist inevitability of interests value of conflict existence of power

3.4. Strengths

3.4.1. Presence of politics & Aristotelian value of creating social order

3.4.2. Acknowledgment of power

3.4.3. Focus on understanding the role of structure in conjunction with human nature from a political perspective

3.4.4. Sociopolitical perspectives

3.5. Limitations

3.5.1. Political metaphor shows us politics

3.5.2. Validity of pluralism

3.5.3. Overstates the role of the individual and understates the role of the system

3.6. Politics

3.6.1. Rulers & ruled

3.6.2. Aristotelian idea of politics as "means of creating a non-coercive form of social order"

3.6.3. It's about maintaining social order

3.7. Orgs as government systems

3.7.1. Autocracy, bureaucracy, technocracy, codetermination, representative democracy, direct democracy

3.8. Interests

3.8.1. task, career, extramural

3.8.2. coalitions

3.8.3. "the leader must have the friendship of the staff otherwise he will have no support in times of adversity" -- Machiavelli's The Prince

4. Ch9 - Organizations as Instruments of Domination

4.1. Orgs are set up for the majority working for the interests of the few

4.2. Weber's Typology of Domination

4.2.1. Charismatic Rule by virtue of personal qualities Hero/guru complex

4.2.2. Traditional Power to rule by respect for tradition and the past Inherited status; monarchy; family succession

4.2.3. Rational-legal Power legitimized by laws, rules, regulations, procedures Legitimate power comes from following the rules to be appointed

4.3. Marx - Das Kapital

4.4. Corporate irresponsibility & cover-ups; worker conditions; environmental degredation; ... many examples

4.4.1. Leads to Companies taking defensive positions Liability culture Regulatory structures / overhead

4.5. Impacts of workaholism; social/mental stress

4.6. Multinational Corporations

4.6.1. Positive forces of economic development or authoritarian juggurnauts exploiting everything in sight?

4.6.2. Communities and host countries must rely on corporate benevolence... if it exists

4.6.3. "Offshoring" phenomenon Drive for efficiency and bottom line profits at the expense of humanistic concerns Global economy puts increasing pressure on companies to take the most cost-effective route Creates nationalist dependencies on MNCs

4.7. Small deviations in standards can lead to disastrous events

4.8. Costco vs Sam's

4.8.1. Costco pays much better, has better floor space, better economic results

4.9. Deirdre: Money will retain in many cases, but it won't engage people

4.10. Measurement / evaluation

4.10.1. What do we see in connection with metaphors?

4.10.2. How could investors see things other than profit margins?

4.11. Strengths

4.11.1. Shows how "rational" behavior can produce significantly negative consequences Weber: The pursuit of rationality can itself be a mode of domination Ask: Rational for whom?

4.11.2. Promotes org theory for the exploited as an instrument of social change Structural inequality, institutional racism, exploitation of developing nations

4.11.3. Helps us appreciate issues that fuel a radical frame of reference (us:them) Orgs do not serve the interests of all Recognizing the legitimacy of radical perspectives is needed to move beyond them

4.12. Limitations

4.12.1. Can lead to simplistic conspiracy theories of orgs vs society Fueling the radical frame of reference

4.12.2. May paralyze business leaders Efficient business decisions compete with negative social impact Can lead to blame, defensiveness, entrenchment

4.12.3. May blind us to non-dominating forms of organization

5. Ch2 - Organizations as Machines

6. Ch3 Organizations as Organisms

6.1. Limitations of Metaphor

6.1.1. Too concrete. It underestimates an organization's ability to help make its own future / construct its world There is no "mind" here that shapes intentionality

6.1.2. Assumes functional unity ~ most orgs not functionally unified e.g. Departments working in silos; low employee engagement with org vision/mission

6.1.3. Danger Metaphor as ideology ~ failing to see people as intrinsically valuable human beings choosing to shape their own futures Treating people as "resources" Relationships seen as merely functional

6.2. Strengths of Metaphor

6.2.1. Understanding relations btw orgs & environment

6.2.2. Management of orgs can be improved by focusing on "needs" in addition to outcomes

6.2.3. Selecting species for particular needs can be powerful choices

6.2.4. Organismic forms support innovation

6.2.5. Helped OD focus on an organization's "fit" with its environment

6.2.6. Focus on ecology & inter-organizational relations

6.3. Organizational Ecology

6.3.1. Organizations are distinct from their environments and are in tension with them

6.3.2. Orgs like organisms exist as components in a complex ecosystem

6.3.3. Evolution is always evolution of patterns of relationships

6.3.4. Kenneth Boulding: "evolution involves the survival of the fitting" not just survival of the fittest Fitting best in the current ecological situation is a better survival strategy

6.3.5. Orgs can play role in shaping their futures esp. working with others

6.3.6. Environment becomes negotiated rather than independent external sources

6.4. Population Ecology

6.4.1. Need to pay attention pressures that prevent orgs from changing in response to environment

6.4.2. Resource limitations shape growth, development & decline of org Role of innovation in shaping new org species (evolution)

6.4.3. Awareness of changing structure of critical resource niches and patterns of dependencies e.g. ecology of auto industry - oil & gas companies - price of gasoline - social and ecological priorities

6.5. Promoting Org Health & Development

6.5.1. Beginning of OD

6.5.2. New questions emerged What is the nature of org's environment? What kind of strategy is being employed? What kind of technology is being used? What kinds of people are employed and what is the dominant culture? How is the org structured & what are the managerial philosophies?

6.6. Adapting Org to Environment

6.6.1. No one best way to organize. Optimal form depends on task or environment

6.6.2. Orgs are open systems that need management to balance internal needs

6.6.3. Management's job is to focus on alignments

6.6.4. Different types of Management are necessary to perform different tasks in same org

6.6.5. Different species of orgs are needed in different environments

6.7. Orgs as Open Systems

6.7.1. Bertalanffy, theoretical biologist

6.7.2. Environment matters for the first time

6.7.3. Defines org in terms of interrelated subsystem Specialization for particular sub-needs

6.7.4. Use of systems to approach Establish congruencies and alignments between different systems and identify and eliminate potential dysfunctions

6.8. Org Needs

6.8.1. 1920s Hawthorne Studies Led to recognizing the importance of social needs in the workplace Maslow People function most effectively when their needs are met Argyris, Herzberg, Mcgregor (org Psychologists) started here

6.8.2. Sociotechnical Systems Tavistock Institute 50's Working the polarity of human vs org needs Trist & Bamforth When we choose a technical system (structure, job, design or particular technology) it always has human consequences, and vice versa

7. Ch4 - Organizations as Brains (learning & self-organization)

8. Ch5 - Organizations as Cultures (creating social reality)

8.1. Culture

8.1.1. Includes Shared values Shared beliefs Shared meaning Shared understanding Shared sense making

8.1.2. Harold Garfinkel - cultural rules unconsciously followed, but we notice when they're broken

8.1.3. Karl Weick - enactment We jointly create and recreate shared reality

8.2. Sub-cultures

8.2.1. Purposefully seed sub-cultures that will be healthy to avoid those that may be damaging

8.2.2. Provide relevant opportunities for conversation between generations and sub-cultures

8.2.3. Strong vs weak culture is neutral with regard to good/bad

8.2.4. Story is where culture gets created, transmitted & maintained

8.3. We live in an organizational / industrial society

8.3.1. Many commonalities across geographies have been enculturated through industrial and organizational life

8.4. There are important cultural differences

8.4.1. Japan's post WWII success was based on organizations operating as communities with common values and commitments, including spiritual values Cultural values of the rice field and the spirit of service of the samurai Success may be in part to the history of feudalism that enables certain forms of relationship that would not be acceptable in the West. Success due to culture may not be transferrable

8.4.2. Britain Right to rule -- management over workers Worker culture defined as antagonistic to those in power

8.5. Become an anthropologist

8.5.1. Seek to view your own organizational culture as if you were an outsider

8.5.2. Look for links between leadership style and corporate culture

8.5.3. Consider gender dynamics Rational/analytic vs Empathetic/intuitive/organic forms

8.5.4. Look for differences in cultural perspectives (sub-cultures)

8.5.5. Recognize that rationality is the myth of modern organizations

8.6. Strengths

8.6.1. Directs attention to the symbolic significance of all aspects of organizational life

8.6.2. Recognizes that orgs are held together by shared systems of meaning Intervention opportunities include beliefs, values, ceremonies, etc

8.6.3. Relationships between org and environment are socially constructed

8.6.4. Effective org changes always implies cultural change

8.7. Limitations

8.7.1. May lead to values engineering that is not authentic with peoples' experience

8.7.2. Can be used as a manipulative tool

8.7.3. Culture is a complex, self-organizing phenomenon. Understanding it through static or institutionalized means can be dangerous. The map is not the territory

8.7.4. Mechanistic attitudes are often prevalent in the manipulation of culture