Social System and Organization Culture

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Week 3 – T-Th 3:00 – 4:30 HBO Social Systems and Organizational Culture Understanding a social system A social system is a complex set of human relationships interacting in many ways. Possible interactions are as limitless as the stars in the universe. Two points stand out in the complex interactions among people in a social system. First, the behavior of any one member can have an impact, directly or indirectly, on the behavior of any other, simply stated, a change in one part of a system all the other parts, even though its impact maybe slight. Second, revolves around a system’s boundaries. Any social system engages in exchanges with its environment, receiving input from it and providing input and output to it. Social…show more content…
Since status is important to people, they will work hard to earn it. If can be tied to actions that further the company’s goals, then employees are strongly motivated to support their company. Status System Status hierarchies, which define their rank relative to others in the group. If they become seriously upset over their status they are said to feed status anxiety. Status Deprivation Loss of status or sometimes called losing face is a serious event for most people; it is considered a much more devastating condition, however, in certain societies. Status Relationships High status people within a group usually have more power and influence than those with low status. They also receive more privilege from their group and tend to participate more in group activities. They interact more with their peers than those with lower rank. Status Symbols The status system reaches its ultimate end with status symbols. These are the visible, external things that attach to a person or workplace and serve as evidence of social rank. They exist in office, shop, warehouse, refinery or wherever work groups congregate. Source of Status The sources of status are numerous, but in typical situation several sources are easily defined. A person’s ability, job skills and type of work also are major source of status. Other sources of status are amount of pay, seniority, age and stock options. Significance
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