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Running head: EVOLUTION OF FORMAL ORGANIZATIONS 1 Evolution of Formal Organizations Tonya Abern Soc/120 February 27, 2011 Kimberley Stephens
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EVOLUTION OF FORMAL ORGANIZATIONS 2 Evolution of Formal Organizations Over the past century Formal organizations have been evolving at a steady pace. A drastic change in the organization has altered the conventional value systems of formal organizations, transforming into a more modern and better organized system. With organizations implementing a modern and more flexible yet structured organization, companies have become more profitable, employees can earn more money and the consumer(that’s us) sees the lowered prices on the merchandise, therefore reaping the benefits. When reviewing the demarcation in organizations a century ago, there are distinct differences in organizations of today. It was centuries ago when these organizations were established by mostly wealthy families, and were similar to a dictatorship. The rich owners decided which policies and procedures to implement in their organization, so in other words the owner got to make their own rules. During those days there were not a lot of outsiders regulating organizations, like there is today. Organizations were once a place of traditional values, and extremely conservative in their beliefs and moral judgments, and a strict chain of command. The chain of command was adamantly followed it went as follows; the CEO, top executives, the department heads, middle management, and the entry level workers. Every specific position within the organization had their own set of rules and procedures. During the hiring of new employees is when it was believed that through careful selection, new employees could be hand chosen to be more efficient and competent workers (Schein, 1996). Minorities, including women were excluded from holding higher ranks within the organization. The any type of communication from the higher up employees was rarely done in person, but written in a memo or a letter to be posted in a general area for viewing. This type of
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EVOLUTION OF FORMAL ORGANIZATIONS 3 communication made it difficult to ask questions or disagree while keeping personal relationships very minimal, if not non-existent. The ranks within the organization can maintain discipline and structure by remaining impersonal (M.Morris, 2006). The modern organizations of today have developed into a more open to suggestion and
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