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ORGANISATIONAL ANALYSIS:
Notes and essays for the workshop to be held on 15th - 16th Novemeber 2007 at The Marriot Hotel Slough Berkshire SL3 8PT Dr. Lesley Prince, C.Psychol., AFBPsS University of Birmingham November 2007

© Dr. Lesley Prince 2007.

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CONTENTS
Introduction to the Workshop Topics And Themes The Nature and Scope of Organisation Theory Levels of Analysis The Metaphorical Approach Organising Processes Understanding Change Conflict, Negotiation, and the Politics of Change Group and Team Working 'Cultures' and 'Leaders' as Cultural Agents Trust Linking the Themes Introductory Notes on Organisational Analysis Understanding Organisations The Limits of Rationalism Levels of Analysis: The SOGI Model Limitations of the SOGI Model The Individual Level The Group Level The Organisation Level The Society Level Interactions between the Levels Morgan’s Metaphors The Metaphors in Brief The Machine Metaphor The Organic Metaphor The Brain Metaphor Cultural (Anthropological) Metaphor The Political Metaphor The Psychic Prison Metaphor Flux and Transformation The Dominance Metaphor Using the Metaphors References and bibliography Workshop Aims Workshop Objectives Reading Lists Core Texts 1 2 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 7 10 10 13 13 14 15 16 16 17 18 20 20 20 21 21 21 22 22 23 23 24 28 28 30 30

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Supplementary Texts Extended Reading List Directed Readings Frameworks of Reality: Prediction & Control, and the SOGI Model Making Sense of Organisations: Metaphorical knowledge. Traditional Management: Mechanism, Rationality and Bureaucracy. Modified Bureaucracy: The Human Relations Movement and Job Design. Organisational Culture: Real and imagined. Why Work?: The motivation to get out of bed in the morning. The Politics of Organising: Goals? Whose Goals? Power and Conflict in Organisations: Pathology or Normality? Leadership and Management: The gentle art of being in charge? Negotiation and Influence: What does it take to work together? Technological Imperatives: IT, the politics of transformation and futures. Notes on Writing a Case Analysis Structuring a Case Analysis General notes on the Medical Model The Organisation is not well Structure of the Medical Model Description Analysis/Diagnosis Options Prescription/Recommendation Action Concluding theoretical commentaries Abstract References Presenting a Case Report Important Notes for Writing Your Own Case Study Space for Doodles, Marginal Notes, Aimless Scribblings, Love Letters and Shopping Lists

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Organisational Theory Introduction to the Workshop
This workshop is not primarily about management of organisations, but about organisations and people. There is actually no such thing as ‘management theory’ in terms of a separable area of study, and what normally goes under that rubric is really an ideological stance vis-à-vis more general consideration of organisational and human phenomena. Most of the main elements are taken from the field called ‘Organisation Theory’, which, despite its name, is not a single unified body of knowledge, but a ‘secondary’ subject area built on material taken from other more distinct disciplines. This is both its strength and its weakness - conferring considerable breadth to the subject, but in general not a lot of depth. It is, by its nature, a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary subject area, and this allows for a broad analysis of organisational phenomena, but unfortunately in-depth analysis is more difficult, because it is subject to considerable influence from local conditions and knowledge that nearly always modify the force of generalised prediction. Furthermore, many of...
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