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Describe the role of technology, tradition, environment, and culture in organizations. What are some of the effects (outcomes) of each? Exercises

Imagine that you have been asked to work in an unfamiliar industry or field, in an unfamiliar organization, one that you would not normally seek to be a part of. For example, if you would not seek work in an emergency room at the local hospital or in a meat production factory, pick such a field and describe its organization, your coworkers, and the work environment. Answer the following questions:

? What type of organization is it?
? What type of organizational structure does the organization have?
? What role does technology play in the organization?

Remember, this is your opportunity to be creative. Be imaginative. Explore the possibilities. The objective is to exercise your creative thinking muscles while exploring the application of what you have learned in this module.

Professional Development
In your own words, define what is meant by organizational structure.
Describe the structure of your organization or some other organization with which you are familiar.

Issues to Consider
What would happen in your organization if the structure were changed for some reason? Would the employees be able to adapt to the changes easily? What about the management?

There are a number of ways organizations can affect society and ways society affects organizations. What are some of these ways? Which, in your view, has the greater impact; society or organizations? Defend your answer.

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Describe the role of technology, tradition, environment, and culture in organizations. What are some of the effects (outcomes) of each? Exercises

The role of technology in organizations is to enhance direct and indirect relationships among organization units and also to improve the manufacturing process of the organization's products. New communication management technology provides the means to manage the most challenging issue or crisis situations. This technology is entirely Internet-based, providing universal access. However, it is highly secure and controlled with multiple levels of user access. The most important advantage of using the new breed of communication management technology is that it puts the full potential of the Internet as a communication tool in the hands of executives and communicators and removes control from technicians, Web programmers, and IT managers who understand technology but do not understand the communication demands of the instant news world.
With technology, the communication within the organization will be more effective. In addition, technology will also enhance the organization's capabilities to produce their products, which could in turn reduce the labor requirement by the organization. As a result, the organization can be more lean and cost-effective.
Tradition is the passing down of elements of a culture from generation to generation, especially by oral communication. The role of tradition will make the organization to conduct the decision making and other business process according to the customs and usages. Some of the customs and usages may be the competitive advantages for the company while some of the customs and usages may not be suitable for the company to achieve the utmost benefit. However, corporate tradition can be adjusted from time to time depending on the management policies and the employees of the company. The effects of the tradition on the organization will be the organizational behaviors.
Environment is the circumstances or conditions that surround the group of people in the organization, especially the combination of social and cultural conditions affecting the nature of an individual or community. The role of the environment will affect the organization to adapt their culture according to the environment in their community because the employees will share the culture and tradition of the community in the organization. Moreover, the internal environment of the organization is ...

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