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    Organizational Life Cycles & Redundant Government Policies

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    Looking at transoceanic travel, again the speed of society has all but eliminated ocean ship liners. The ship companies have been able to, to some degree, adapt and use their vessels as floating hotels for vacation travelers rather than the primary mode of travel across the seas.

    According to Geva-May (2004), Kaufman (1976), examining life cycles of organizations, points out that, unlike living organisms, organizations go through the process of birth and maturation but very rarely through the process of death. This is mainly because of their high adaptability. In his 1987 study, much like the social ecologists, he views organizations through evolutionary glasses and refers to their inertial and adaptability forces. He considers inertia, in this context, ''the inflows of energy and other resources necessary for them to keep their activities going, to keep their engines running'' (1987, 27). Death is possible only when these inflows and resources ''dry up'' and mainly when organizations are no longer able to evolve and adapt to their environment.

    Regarding government policy cases such as these would there even need to be any alternative policies? Why or why not? Can you give an example?

    Geva-May, Iris. (2004). Riding the Wave of Opportunity: Termination in Public Policy. Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory, 14(3), 309-333.

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    Organizational Life Cycle & Government Policies

    Geva-May (2004) alleges that in government, "many policies and programs should be terminated as having outlived their usefulness or having become hopelessly inefficient or ineffective. The fact that they live on begs the question: why?" There are many examples of these according to Snyder (2015). For example, Snyder (2010) reports that, "The city of Philadelphia now requires all bloggers to purchase a $300 business privilege license. The city even went after one poor woman who had earned only $11 from her blog over the past two years." Meanwhile, Snyder (2010) also reports about the 'teeth brushing law in the state of Massachusetts' writing that, "all children in daycare centers are mandated by state law to brush their teeth after lunch. In fact, the state even provides the fluoride toothpaste for the children." And lastly, Snyder (2010) reports that in Washington DC, "If you ...

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