Lecture 3: Organizational Analysis
What is an Organization? Structural body that operates under a certain set of rules
Those rules are clearly understood . How do you know what the rules are?
o The leader of the organization will enforce those rules
o Corporate culture/ organizational culture – there is an understanding that takes place
o Wearing a suit, and business clothing is a type of organizational culture
o What are examples of breaking rules of a particular culture?
Using different languages to communicate in various contexts (friends, vs.
employers) . Our speech changes to adapt to various people. There are various
cultural contexts which dictate how we communicate with different people.
o Social identity – it is who you are within a given group or context
o Media works in the same way, if media is a particular voice that is being portrayed to
society, what fits, what is accepted and what portrays the values of the organization.
o Each is reflected in a different types of lens. So there are different lens that affect our
o What was the organizational culture that interpreted the media? Do you think there are
such things as organizational influences on media?
MADD (mothers against drunk driving)- purpose is to provide awareness and
bring forward attitudes that driving and drinking under the influence is harmful
An organizations motivation is to try to change certain behaviour. They try to
get this message across
Organizational analysis is a view: interested in the precise ways that the structure of an
organization and the processes it undertakes mutually influence one another in the production
o Catholic church, ismali does this organization has values that they put into media and
o They place core values into the media , and enforce those values on others
o Understand the communicative practises that occur within an organization.
Organization: a system (network) or ordered relationships and coordinated activities directed
toward specific goals
o Underlying framework of an organization
o Hierarchy – relationship of those roles
o Specialization: division of organization into units
o Formalization: formal standards
o Not all organizations have a hierarchy, they don’t all have some form of specialization.
Its not always the case,
Process=behaviour , how things are influenced to be done
An organization’s substance,
o What it does ? how does the church influence community ? A church is a community
that has services, institutions that attract other people. They try to influence community
values which reflect back to what they stand for.
o What is organizational analysis?
Performances organizational culture
o Rituals : things engaged in on a regular basis
o Sociality: codes of etiquette o Politics: specific and different types of politics within any organization
o Enculturation : bring newcomers into the organization
o Narratives organizational culture
o Stories we tell ourselves about ourselves . How an organization is directed or managed
What are we allowed/not allowed to do? For utsc, there are certain