Week 7: Organizational Goals and Structure (Oct 09 - Oct 16)
Week 7 Introduction
Where Have We Been?
Last week’s focus was on organizational change, resistance to change, and the link between culture and
effectiveness. Our reading highlighted on John C. Lechleiter of Eli Lilly and took us through the types of moral
leadership (authentic, spiritual, servant, and ethical) and a review of global leadership perspectives. Our second
major topic was organizational change, and resistance to change, and our readings took us through the phases of
planned change and how to best accomplish change. The text also covers specific methods for dealing with
resistance to change and we explored these more deeply through our discussion thread on Jorge Maldonado. In
addition to these topics, we undertook a deep review of organizational culture and organizational change through our
use and review of the Organizational Culture Inventory (OCI) provided by Human Synergistics as part of our review
of Conglomerate, Inc.
Where Are We Heading?
This week we continue our focus on organizational change and add in organizational goals and structure, which we
cover in Chapter 16 of the text. In addition to our text reading, we also have a case study that brings together
multiple topics we’ve covered over the last several weeks, namely organizational change, empowerment, teamwork,
and situational leadership.
Given our focus this week, you may ask, “Why are we learning about organizational goals in a class that focuses on
leadership and organizational behavior?”
Well let’s step away from organizations for a moment and let’s look at you, as a person. Do you have goals that you
set for yourself, both long range ones as well as short-term goals? You have enrolled in college and you are quickly
advancing towards completion of your degree
that alone is evidence that you set goals for yourself.
What other goals do you have? Are you planning on a career change in the next few years? Obtaining a promotion?
A move to a different home or city? As people, we set goals for ourselves
and why exactly do we do this? Let’s
think about it.
By setting goals for ourselves, we help keep ourselves on track for the obtainment of things we want.
Goals help us to stay focused on the big picture, so we don’t get tangled up in the day-to-day things and
run amok of our ultimate objectives. In fact, occasionally we may encounter someone in life who does not
set goals for him-or-herself, and what do we often notice in these situations? Often a person without goals
will seem shiftless, drifting, and without drive or initiative. Do these adjectives seem like the words we
would use to describe a successful business organization?
With this in mind, we can now see the clear importance of goal setting for organizations. Let’s hop into the