MGT501 MOD2 CASE2-Organizations as Organisms

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Running head: ORGANIZATIONS AS ORGANISMS 1 Organizations as Organisms The Military Unit as Part of the Armed Forces’ Economic System TUI University January 21, 2011
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ORGANIZATIONS AS ORGANISMS 2 Organizations as Organisms The Military Unit as Part of the Armed Forces’ Economic System According to Kelly, just as living organisms, for an organization’s survival is contingent on its ability to adapt to a continuously changing environment and through continuous learning. In other words, organization’s in continuous cycles of training and adapting are learning organizations. Alternatively, organisms and organizations that refuse to adapt to current circumstances and conditions cannot survive (American Heritage Dictionary, 2009). Essentially, when discussing adaptation and an entity’s ability to survive, Herbert Spencer’s and Charles Darwin’s concept of survival of the fittest comes to mind or those organisms that will thrive and survive in any given environment (Wikipedia, n.d.). Thus a learning organization is defined as an entity that innovates, constantly acquires knowledge, and readily shares its methods, procedures, and designs for success with everyone. Such organizations adapt to time and circumstance and are wholly willing and open to the learning process (Ng, 2004, p. 95). Basically, learning organizations encourage innovation, remain competitive, and significantly improve financial earnings by integrating knowledge management concepts and continuously learning and growing (Albert, 2006, p. 17). The most important system problems faced by the military unit and ways in which it routinely deals with them Thus the military unit faces similar problems in its struggle to transform through the development process from an ordinary entity to a learning organization to an effective organism (Moilanen, 2005). Examples of such problems include management’s difficulty
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ORGANIZATIONS AS ORGANISMS 3 to convince the different components of the organization to adopt the internal and external changes the entity must go through to survive, develop, and maintain its competitive advantages. The military is comprised of individuals from different backgrounds with different cultural and behavioral orientations will experience resistance to changes because of the behavioral dynamics. However, research shows that the new management paradigm of the learning organization is structured specifically to enhance potential, and encourage innovation in its employees (Fedorov, 2001). Fortunately, the performance of a military unit can be objectively measured by asking the following mission essential questions: Did it win the battle? Casualties?
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