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CMN 2148 Lecture #3- Organizations as Organisms .docx

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Department
Communication
Course
CMN2148
Professor
Jenepher Lennox Terrion
Semester
Fall

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CMN 2148: Lecture #3 Sept 19  2012  Object of the Lecture: Plant – to represent the human­side of work  Organizations as Organisms:   During the 1930s, models of bureaucracy were questioned.  “People weren’t treating each other very well. I wanted to help find a way to make relationships better”  (Communication theorist Kenneth Burke on how he became interested in human communication). The Great Depression, WWII, and new views of human behaviour influenced dissatisfaction with scientific  management. The 1927 film, Metropolis, reflects concerns of many about the dehumanizing aspects of “modern  organization And this led to.. The idea that organizations are “living systems” that need to be nurtured and maintained in order to thrive. Human­based ways of looking at organizations. Not just machines with replaceable parts. Looking at the  “health of the organization”.  The health of the employees /individuals contributes to the health of the organization. Ex: building a gym for  employees and healthy food options­ healthy employees= healthy organizations. Polar bears: arctic  Rattle Snakes: desert  Sea Otters: ocean  6137386400 Both thrive in their environment  Bureaucratic orgs: Stable environment – The Government  Adaptive orgs: Competitive environment ­ McDonalds Creative, project­oriented orgs: high tech environment ­ Biology and Organizational Theory:  Biology  Organizations  Molecules  Individuals  Cells  Groups  Complex organisms  Organizations  ecology Social ecology (context) The Theoretical Foundations of Organismic Schools:  With WWII, academics, managers and military personnel come into direct communication with each other  (“The Triple Alliance” – Charles Redding, Organizational Communication Pioneer).** Academics ( researchers/professors) and organizational managers and hooked up with military personnel  This alliance led to organizational communication as a field of study: Human Relations School Human Resources School Systems Theory Recognition ofpeople  in organizations People have complex needs that must be addressed Allowing people to satisfy their personal needs.  Human Relations Theory:  Humans attribute meaning to their experiences and behave according to these meanings. Focused on fulfilling people’s needs: “A happy worker is a productive worker” Hawthorne Studies established the HR Schoo
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