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4. The Organization and the Environment II: Resource Dependence September 7th & 9th, 2011 Main ideas: Organizations depend on resources that are externally controlled.
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Population Ecology recap A population ecology perspective can help us make sense of the difficulties UC Berkeley is facing All publicly-funded schools are struggling, but on top of that UCB is trying to compete with other elite universities for top faculty The “blueprint” that seems to work in the
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What will happen to UC Berkeley? Principles of population ecology: Only one blueprint works in a given environment Organizations can’t easily change Organizations with the wrong blueprint get selected out
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Resource Dependence Critique of Managerialism: organizations are other- directed, not self- directed Organizations are “effective”, not “efficient” Critique of Population Ecology: understanding organizations in terms of relations with other organizations vs. environmental fit
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A managerialist schematic (Miles, Macro Organizational Behavior 1980)
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Resource Dependence = the importance of an input or output to the organization and the extent to which it is controlled by others
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External dependence by itself does not necessarily imply control Contingent factors (among many!):
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