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Discussion Questions for Week 2

Ropes Part 1

The technical/rational view of Organizational Behavior emphasizes on efficiency with which a task can be done, how tasks can be organized into jobs and how best to make these jobs productive. This perspective terms the organization as a machine with enclosed tasks and procedures of completing the tasks. The manager is strictly on the operational capacity where the parts and procedures of the “machine” are scrutinized as well as redesigned to improve efficiency.

The cultural/interpretive view is less practical and deals more with aspects of human nature such as their strengths and weaknesses. Organizational culture is behavior that forms part of an organization’s social and psychological environment. Ultimately, the organizations is a living organism in contrast to the earlier rational stance describing the organization as mechanical. However, it is a feature unique to every organization, unlike corporate culture, which is more general.

A ritual is an act meant to give or provide objectivity to strongly held values and beliefs. A myth/corporate myth is an account of something together with the beliefs accredited to it, in this case the origin of a company and its beliefs. Socialization is the process by which a person acquires knowledge about or is able to interpret a company’s corporate culture and use it within its framework. The men’s hut is a reference made to the senior management of a corporation or simply the level of management above a certain person. Entering the men’s hut for the Stanley’s of this world may be disappointing because

Section 1

Social perception is a combination of what we see, made to concur with what we know. As human beings, we engage in social perception to in order to form impressions about people or things. We engage in impression management because it dictates the relations between superiors and subordinates at a workplace.

Chapter 1

It is crucial to attend a company picnic or similar events to keep abreast with what is going on in the company. No, it is not true. Stanley’s egocentric view of himself is typical of students entering their first job. Social events serve symbolic functions of a ceremonial rite meant for management to mingle with subordinates. If one fails to attend their company’s symbolic events, there are consequences whose extent varies with the company.

Chapter 2

It does so through Stanley and Ben Frank’s interaction over insulation of the new pipes. The tale illustrates socialization in the way Stanley was able to use the company’s product for the pipes instead of what he thought fit. Stanley says those words because he is applying his engineering knowledge and is not out to market the company’s product. Yes, I agree with the board members words. No, I have not had any at-work socialization experiences.

Chapter 3

Lesley’s manual and the announcement are similar in that they form part of organizational culture. Lesley was not informed because the company assumed she would learn from the manual. This tale illustrates impression management in the way the company uses the manual as a tool of interaction with its employees. Socialization is illustrated in the manner in which Lesley learns about the reason behind the replacement of manuals monthly. If I were in Lesley or Stanley’s position, I would feel motivated to work harder knowing that my performance was being covertly measured. Examples of covert measures in school and at work include assessment tests and other forms of evaluations.

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