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Classical Organizational Theories

Shafritz, Jay, Ott, J. Steven and Jang, Yong Suk. Classics of Organization Theory, 7th Ed. Boston, MA: Wadsworth, 2011.

Company use as compares General Motors or United States Postal Service

I have attached some of the theories that were used. The first paper was great but I never worked in correctional field.

Define or introduce the issue/topic being considered and why it is important to consider this issue/topic;
Review the research on the issue/topic (minimum of 10 academic studies considered);

Examine your current or former workplace, describing the formal organization (organization structure, hierarchy of command, span of control, extent of ratification, etc...) and the informal organization (organization culture, cliques, etc...).

Describe the conclusions that can be drawn about the way forward, based on the research reviewed and class room discussions. In doing so, assess your organization's health and prescribe interventions necessary to avoid becoming a pathological organization.


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The challenges of the United States Postal Service in adapting in the Information Age Diss.DeLancey, Toni G.. Regent University, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2010. 3401556.
The United States Postal Service: A case study of large scale government transformation Diss.Ferguson, Dale L.. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Publishing, 2008. 3303554.
U.S. Postal Service: Key Postal Transformation Issues: GAO-03-812T. GAO Reports. 5/29/2003, p1. 38p.
United States Postal Service: Opportunities to Strengthen IT Investment Management Capabilities: GAO-03-3. GAO Reports. 10/15/2002, p1. 91p. Abstract:
Human Capital: GAO-08-609T. GAO Reports. 4/3/2008, p1. 54p. 38 Charts, 1
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: U.S. Postal Service Needs to Strengthen System Acquisition and Management Capabilities to Improve Its Intelligent Mail Full Service Program. By: Powner, David A. GAO Reports. 11/30/2009, preceding p1-77. 79p
Management Science in Automating Postal Operations: Facility and Equipment Planning in the United States Postal Service. By: Cebry, Michael E.; DeSilva, Anura H.; DiLisio, Fred J. Interfaces. Jan/Feb92, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p110-130. 21p
Organizational Founding, Strategic Renewal, and the Role of Accounting: Management Accounting Concepts in the Formation of the 'Penny Post' Richardson, Alan J. Source: Journal of Management Accounting Research, Special Issue 2008, v. 20, pp. 107-27
U.S. Postal Service: Bold Action Needed to Continue Progress on Postal Transformation: GAO-04-108T. By: Walker, David M. GAO Reports. 11/5/2003, p1. 61p

The United States Postal Service has been an American institution for over 200 years and throughout this history has faced a necessity to reform and endure organizational change. Over the past 40 years, the USPS has faced an uphill losing battle to change their organizational structure and adapt to the new communications and technological changes that have been made possible by advances in technology. This article summary focuses upon how the organizational culture within the USPS and its internal culture have inhibited the organization from implementing the necessary changes that would ensure it remains relevant in the 21st century.

It isn't a secret that the USPS has been a declining organization for much of the past 2 decades or more. It has all the characteristics of an organization incapable of adapting to the enormous technological changes that have occurred with lightening speed over the past 2 decades. The USPS has been plagued by serious deficits, severe cash-flow pressures, enormous amounts of debt, the costs of operations vastly outpacing revenue increases, severely limited productivity gains, and enormous liabilities in excess of assets. These characteristics have characterized the longstanding organization for several decades. The crux of the organizations problems lie within the 1970s-era business model that is not a sustainable business model in today's competitive environment. The rise of organizations such as FedEx and United Parcels Service has put increasing and unrelenting pressure on the USPS. The long-term financial solvency of the organization has been in question and Congress has summoned several congressional committees and hearings to attempt to develop a paradigm that can assist in ensuring that the organization can remain financially viable in the 21st century.

The Government Accountability Agency has made many recommendations for the future of the USPS, and considering that it is a governmental agency, these recommendations have ...

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Classical organizational theories are examined.