Organisational Analysis and Design
Assessment One – Reflective Responses
Provide informed opinion on the issues involved in the question framed by the theoretical concepts discussed in the lectures and readings. Back up with evidence whenever possible.
1. Explain why we live in an “organisational world” illustrate with examples.
As defined by Robbins and Barnwell (2006:6), An organisation is “…a consciously coordinated social entity with a relatively identifiable boundary, that functions on a relatively continuous basis to achieve a common goal or set of goals”
In today’s day and age, we live in a “21st Century Global Capitalist Society”. We exist in an “organisational world” that frames human ideas, actions and events. Organisations are vital in order to drive the economic system. This is due to the corporate component of society, increasing significantly with a considerable boom in Globalisation, which interconnects industries throughout the world in economics, politics and culture. Along with this, rapid advances in technology and communication methods, including computerised systems and the internet, has allowed the exertion of influence, which once took years to travel around the globe, now possible within a matter of seconds. This has created an ever-increasing efficiency in people the way people communicate and move, and thus how goods and services are moved. Organisations are everywhere we go, from our educations, careers and goods and services we need on a daily basis. Globalisation is largely responsible for this, as our lifestyles have become dependant of the existence of organisations. If today’s culture and norms are compared to that of a different century (for example 1960s) it is clear that globalisation has evolved our way of living, into one that is complex and much more organisational focused. Almost every aspect of a persons life involves organisations, an example is illustrated through Daft (2012) statement: “…we are...
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