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National Presto Industries: Open Systems Theory, Development, Inputs, Outputs, Loops

Reference:

http://www.forbes.com/lists/2010/23/best-small-companies-10_rank.html
for National Presto Industries, Inc

Part 1:

What is open systems theory? How can open systems theory be used to understand an organization? Discuss how open systems theory could apply to the military?

Part 2-:

Oganizational Development
OD - How does OD relate to Strategy? How do you think the top management team at National Presto Systems could use OD to inform its thinking about strategy?

Inputs - What are some of the important inputs to an organization to which you belong?

Marketing Strategy (Generic Strategy) - price and product development. And also Market Saturation. How do these relate to each other? How are they best analyzed and developed into a strategy?

Discuss the connection or relationships, if any, among Org Development, Inputs to an organization, and Marketing Strategy (Generic Strategy)?

Part 3:

Discuss this general topic of analyzing and reviewing alignment and congruence, inputs, outputs, and processes. Is there really any value in doing this type of analysis? If so, what? How would you go about actually using this information in an organization, e.g. the military? or National Presto Systems?

Part 4:

What is meant by "organizational structure"? What are the components of organizational structure?

Does National Presto Systems, Inc.'s organizational structure fit or follow from its strategy? Is it important that an organization's structure follow from its strategy? In the case of National Presto Systems, Inc. are strategy and structure aligned? Can you think of examples of organizations in which the strategy follows from the structure?

Part 5:

Are the ideas of balancing and reinforcing loops useful?

Can you provide examples of these "loops" in the military? Put yourself in the place of a member of the top management team at National Presto Systems, Inc. How might you use the concept of feedback loops to improve the business and manage better?

What are the implications of feedback loops for organizational strategy?

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part 1-
What is open systems theory? How can open systems theory be used to understand an organization? Discuss how open systems theory could apply to the military?

The open systems theory is a theory that continuously interacts with the environment. There are transfers with the environment relating to the materials, energy, and information. The open systems theory can be used to understand an organization because all the elements in the external environment have the potential to affect the organization. Then there are resources that are taken from the environment. In the organization there is a process of conversion or transformation of resources within a system (organization). According to the systems theory the output is the work exported back into the environment by the organization.

From the perspective of the open systems theory the military is an organization that exists in an environment that has the potential to affect all or part of the system. The military is the organization that receives resources from its external environment. The military as an organization has a throughput where there is conversion or transformation of resources. The output of the military is the work of the system that is exported back into the environment.

part 2-
Organizational Development

OD - How does OD relate to Strategy? How do you think the top management team at National Presto Systems could use OD to inform its thinking about strategy?

OD is organizational development. It is the method of improving the organization as a whole. The organizational development is related to strategy because OD is planning in such a way that it supports the strategic goals and objectives of the firm. I think that the top management team at National Presto Industries, Inc can use OD to inform its thinking about strategy. If National Presto Industries, Inc conducts OD in its organization, the improvements that are planned and implemented with support the strategic objectives of National Presto Industries, Inc. This will help inform its employees, customers, and other stakeholders about its strategy.

Inputs - What are some of the important inputs to an organization to which you belong?

Some of the important inputs that National Presto Industries, Inc receives are from the market related its products. More ...

Solution Summary

This solution gives you a detailed, 1385-word discussion on National Presto Industries, including ideas on open systems theory, organisational development, marketing strategy, alignment and congruence, organisational structure, balancing and reinforcing loops and feedback loop implications.

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