Session 03 - Open Systems Theory Fall 2009

Session 03 - Open Systems Theory Fall 2009 - IOE 421 Work...

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IOE 421 Work Organizations IOE 421 Work Organizations Session 03 Open Systems Theory: A New Paradigm September 16, 2009
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IOE 421 Work Organizations Territory to be Covered Today Submit Team Task 01 – Team Workgroup Preferences Briefing: 2009 Class Demographics Video: Discovering the Future - The Business of Paradigms Discussion Regarding Paradigms Lecture on the Open Systems Model Assignments
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IOE 421 Work Organizations Territory to be Covered Today Briefing 2009 Class Demographics and Insights
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IOE 421 Work Organizations Video: “Discovering the Future: The New Business of Paradigms” 21 st Century Edition (Barker, 18 min) Full preview available at: http://www.thenewbusinessofparadigms.com/index.htm The Business of Paradigms
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IOE 421 Work Organizations Discussion - The Business of Paradigms Question #1 What is a “paradigm” and why is it important? Question #2 What is “paradigm paralysis”? Question #3 In your view, is paradigm paralysis real?
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IOE 421 Work Organizations Point #1: What happened to Sony? Point #2: Grant vs. Lee, 1864 Point #3: Impact of Conventional Wisdom Point #4: The Sigmoid Curve Discussion - The Business of Paradigms
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IOE 421 Work Organizations “Right in the middle of The Battle of the Wilderness, all the staff men who had been fightin’ in the East all this time (and Grant had just come from the West) kept talkin’ about “Bobby Lee, Bobby Lee, he’ll do this and that other”, and Grant finally told ‘em: ‘I’m tired of hearing about Bobby Lee. You’d think he’d do a double somersault and land in our rear. Quit thinkin’ about what he’s going to do to you and think about what you’re going to do to him. Bring some guns up here.’” Discussion - The Business of Paradigms
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IOE 421 Work Organizations Thoughts on “Conventional Wisdom” “We associate truth with convenience, with what most closely accords with self interest and personal well-being or promises best to avoid awkward effort or unwelcome dislocation of life. We also find highly acceptable what contributes most to self- esteem.” “Economic and social behavior are complex, and to comprehend their character is mentally tiring. Therefore, we adhere, as though to a raft, to those ideas which represent our understanding” 1 / John Kenneth Galbraith 1 / Levitt, Steven D. and Dubner, Steven J., Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, HarperCollins, 2006, pp. 89 - 90 Discussion - The Business of Paradigms
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The Sigmoid Curve Question #1: What is Handy’s main point in this article? Question #2: What is your own “take” on his point? Questions #3: What do large, established organizations believe relative to Handy’s point? Discussion - The Business of Paradigms
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