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Organizations as Organisms: Adapting in Changing Environments

Having trouble understanding Federov and Roelofs article in light of the material that I have read on organizational systems behavior, supplemented if you wish with material from the optional readings and perhaps the supplementary background as well, and even other outside reading you might find by yourself to be useful. Then compare the "military unit" and the "symphony" as examples of different kinds of living systems, noting both similarities and differences and the degree to which applying systems thinking helps you understand both.

What are the most important system problems faced by the military unit? How does it routinely deal with them?
What are the most important system problems faced by the orchestra? How does it routinely deal with them?
How are the military unit and the orchestra similar in terms of how they function as living systems?
Does a systems approach to these two kinds of organizations highlight any important differences between them (leaving aside the obvious contrast between an M-15 and a viola as tools of the trade)
Consider for a moment a university such as TUIU. Considering them all as living systems, does the university seem more like a military unit or more like the orchestra? Explain your answer, referring to system properties as needed.
To what degree do you see the idea of a living system as helpful to someone trying to understand an unfamiliar organization? Why?
What, if anything, that thinking about an "organization as an organism" adds to what we have learned by thinking about an "organization as a machine".

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What are the most important system problems faced by the military unit? How does it routinely deal with them?

When all of them are working together does not demonstrate the amount of effort that each individual goes through when fighting in wars to allow their country to maintain its freedom. An aggregate soldier is produced in regards to their employment. They are able to use large amounts of labor in a small space. Each unit uses competition in order cover much ground in a short amount of time.

What are the most important system problems faced by the orchestra? How does it routinely deal with them?

An orchestra only includes those that can play and instrument, staff it, and so forth. No one else is included. However, in regards to pay. Each person receives income based off of of earned income as well as contributions that are provided to their organization from generous donors. The musicians and the music director are the one's that put together the performance for the audience to enjoy. Another is having them coordinate their efforts in order that everything runs smoothly on stage, especially those who are working behind the scenes to make it all ...

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