Sunday, December 07, 2008

5 Assumptions of modern organisational thinking

I started reading an interesting book last week - 'Strategic management and Organisational dynamics: The challenge of complexity' by Ralph D Stacey.

Modern organisation thinking the sort of thing that all organisations use to manage and control workers are based on 5 assumptions that are not necessarily true and if we were to think about them and the history of modern philosophy it might just make things work slightly better than they normally do because as everyone is aware - new strategies and programmes of change are necessary but rarely work.

I. That organisations are systems
II. That the system is external to the individual
III. Individuals are primary and autonomous
IV. Individual actions construct the system
V. Individuals can plan and design the movement of a system.

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