Index Card Assignment due today (deferred from Friday)
List three organizations you really admire; three organizations you really dislike; three organizations you would like to work for someday.
Manager progress reports
Address questions from last time
Return index cards
Group analysis of index card assignments
Overview of chapter high points
Viewing the Organization as a Communication Ecology
Some of this was probably difficult reading
It was for me
Some may even wonder how it relates to class
This can be confusing reading. We follow a timeline of events which are themselves confusing.
But research in the real world is like that
Its our job not just to observe
But to pull those observations together.
These chapters don't do that work for you.
We get a view of an organization in crisis
And how it reacted to that crisis
A problem occurred
The organization reacted to that problem
What we have is an outside view of that reaction
in a case where the organization was pretty open about what it was doing.
We see individuals, groups, and outside pressures from a variety of stakeholders
So what do we observe?
A process of information processing and filtering
The diffusion of information process (Chapter 1)
Eyewitnesses and telephones
The President Speaks
NASA News conferences
Internal and External Stakeholders
The Press (finding and reporting news)
Management (doing investigation and stakeholder management, including public relationships)
Congress and the President
Consensus and the possibility of false consensus
Inappropriate behavior based on linguistic misunderstanding (foam)
Denial of reality through mislabeling
A conflict between the forces of constraint and the forces of creativity
Management versus the Press
Management versus the Congress (independent Safety Board)
Management versus the Public (Souvenir Hunters)
Management versus Engineering (Who knew; Who signed off)
Budgets and Simulations versus Real World Testing
Self-Attribution Versus Reality
Empiricists versus Idealists
Schedule versus safety
Adaptation, Negotiation, and Structuration
An Independent Investigative Board
Fault Tree Analysis
Some organizational "mortal sins"
Killing the Messenger
Not listening to dissent
Especially when it is supposedly encouraged.
A sin even when dissent isn't encouraged.
Index Card Assignment due Wednesday
What motivates you to get a job done. Think about three different things you have accomplished. List them. Think about the things that motivated you to do those things. List five things that motivate you to get work done.
Group Assignment for Wednesday
For your groups assigned BOINC project: (1) evaluate the instructions for joining a project and make specific recommendations for improvements; (2) put together a proposal for how your group might create value (e.g. publicize and attract contributors to) for your BOINC project. Managers are responsible for providing a progress report on your group's progress.
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