hierarchies in corporate organizations

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OLCE Blog: “Hierarchies in Corporate Organizations” http://www.comedycentral.com/videos/index.jhtml?videoId=382877&title=new-boss-in- This clip of Workaholics, a show on Comedy Central, shows an example of the classical hierarchical pyramid in a corporate setting, which is mentioned in chapter 3. In the scene, one of three friends is promoted and assumes greater authoritative power over the others. He says, “I’m the boss, you have to follow my rules,” and makes his subordinates obey orders based on this idea of a hierarchy. He reinforces his higher office status through legitimate power, and those under him feel like they have to listen to him since he is now higher up in the hierarchy than they are. The employees also realize that he now has firing power along with his job title, and in effect they listen and obey the most ridiculous of requests. At the end of the clip, the impact that hierarchies can have is revealed when this newly empowered employee is disregarded and not awarded any power by his female boss. The clip shows a distinct hierarchy and reveals the power that results from the different levels within the organization, which I believe relates well to the concepts that were described in the book by Fayol. Fayol talks about structure in the form of a strict hierarchy with a clear chain of command, called the “scalar principle” (pg 68). Fayol believed that each employee should only have one boss and should be accountable to only one plan. He also advocated a division of labor in the organization though departmentalization, which results in the classic hierarchical pyramid organizational structure. This is seen in the clip because the lowest workers all report to the main character in the clip, Anders, but Anders reports only to his female boss. Fayol also advocated the centralization of decision making and respect for authority. He thought that authority was derived from a person’s position, which is clearly how Anders is trying to gain authority amongst his friends and coworkers. I believe that this artifact is one that many people can relate to, knowing that many of us
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2012 for the course COM 339 taught by Professor Shulman during the Spring '11 term at Miami University.

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