Organization Theory

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Organization theory is about ideas and principles that flow within an association on how work can be done by investigating through different perspective. It is important to study organization as improvements can be carried out to make sure organizations are performing efficiently through developing the organizations structure and mission statement. (Developing an enabling organisational culture, changing organisational culture.). (See Apendix A for some applications of organizational Theory). There are three major perspectives-modernism, symbolic interpretive, and postmodernism to look at organisation which provide broad frameworks to guide our thinking and research. In this essay paper, an effort has been made in discussing how the three …show more content…
(Lundberg 2008).Schein is recognized as one of the most influential writers on corporate culture. Schein interprets the 'historical factors ' concerning the origins of cultures through 'group and leadership theory ' (1985: 148-150). As a result, he imposes a preordained structure on to the history of organizational cultures, namely the story of a founder. As Schultz (1995: 25) points out, rather than study the specific histories of organizations, Schein invokes psychological theories of 'the psychodynamic makeup of leaders ' (1985: 172). He uses these to paint an idealised picture of how 'organizations begin to create cultures through the actions of founders ' (Schein 1985: 221). This rests on an assumption that 'culture and leadership are really two sides of the same coin (Michael & Stephen 1999). Modernist believes that there is a positive correlation between organizational performance and the strength of corporate culture. For them, strong organizational culture is getting people to agree. An example of modernist perspective organization would be McDonalds. Workers in a McDonald’s restaurant are given a tight job description with clearly defined `movements´, which also includes guidelines what to say to customers. Modernist therefore, focuses a lot on leader’s power on understanding culture in the organization to improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness. (Sedtke, D 2009).
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