INLS385-002 Spring 2021


How do we understand what we mean when we say "organization"?

Think about thinking within organizations while watching this video

Six Thinking Hats | Edward de Bono

... a powerful decision-checking technique in group situations, as everyone explores the situation from each perspective at the same time ... It forces you to move outside your habitual thinking style, and to look at things from a number of different perspectives. This allows you to get a more rounded view of your situation.

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Did you ever think about how much the structure of organizations is driven by philosophical belief systems?

from the Aeon article
Back in the 1960s, Friedman envisaged a society in which we’d all be wealthy, thriving entrepreneurs. What we got in reality was a pay cut, reduced holiday or sick leave, a chronic skills deficit, credit-card debt and endless hours of pointless work. If anything, the story of human capital theory in Western economies has been about divesting in people, not the opposite.

What is human capital?by Peter Fleming, Aeon Magazine, 17 May 2017

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Three things to do, one for one person,
the second and third for everyone to do

from the HBR
  1. Contrast Friedman's thinking with the idea of a Social Market Economy
    The goal of the market economy is the greatest possible prosperity with the best possible social protection. It is about benefiting from the advantages of a free market economy, which include free choice of workplace, pricing freedom, competition and a wide range of affordable goods, while at the same time absorbing its disadvantages, such as monopolization, price fixing, and existence-threatening unemployment. This is why the state to a certain extent regulates the market and protects its citizens against illness and unemployment through a network of social insurance schemes.
  2. Think about Choo's characterization of an information model of organizations.
    Although organization theory emphasizes the use of information for rational decision making, it is important to recognize that organizations also use information for reasons that do not make strict rational sense.
  3. Then, prepare a definition of an organization for us to discuss
    • what counts as an organization?
    • what are some types and varieties of organizations?
    • what organizations do we have experience with?

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things we'll talk about

If the session will include an in-class exercise, it will be noted here.

slides for session 12

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something to take away

Robert Hood & Femi Kuti jouent James Brown

La techno de Robert Hood et l'afro-beat de Femi Kuti s'entremêlent dans une forme nouvelle où le groove règne en maître ! Pour la série de créations Variations, le duo se retrouve autour du chanteur et producteur James Brown (1933-2006).
La rencontre de deux légendes
L'un est à la console, l'autre au saxophone. Robert Hood et Femi Kuti incarnent l’excellence dans leur domaine respectif. Le premier est avec Jeff Mills et Mad Mike le père de la techno de Detroit. Son style est caractérisé par des teintes minimalistes et expérimentales au groove assumé. À ses côtés, Femi Kuti s’empare de tout style musical avec son saxophone qu’il joue avec une patte virtuose : la pop, la soul, en passant par la musique électronique et l’afrobeat dont il est l’un des représentants. Un mélange explosif à savourer sur !

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