Decentralization 310

Topics: Management, Terrorism, Decision making / Pages: 4 (973 words) / Published: Mar 3rd, 2015
Discussion Board Thread
Re: Decentralization
Definition:
Decentralization allows for power to be distributed throughout middle and lower levels of management, giving those at lower levels of management the ability to make decisions. (Satterlee, page 92).

Satterlee, A. (2013). Organizational Management and Leadership: A Christian Perspective (2nd Edition ed.). Page 92. Raleigh, NC: Synergistics International Inc.

Summary: This article is written by Li Wei, Director of the Institute of Security and Arms Control Studies of the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations. Wei discusses how decentralization is being incorporated by the international terrorist organizations. Prior to 9-11, terror networks were primarily set up in a more pyramid design, that is, power and decision making came from the top and trickled down to those that carried out the will of those in power. Since 9-11, those networks are now set up in a parallel system. Traditional leaders of terrorist organizations are now more figureheads and spiritual leaders. They develop the ideals, and the lower levels, or the body of the organization now carries out the plans. This allows decisions to be made at a lower level, with the main goal still being driven by the top. Wei discusses various reasons why this is happening. Technology is being used to help train lower levels more than ever before, and more techniques are being used to deliver out their plans.
Discussion:
Decentralization in business can be very advantageous to the corporation because it can let those who are closer to the problem identify a way to solve it. In the past leaders of business dictated everything the business did and as the business grew, those leaders became more and more out of touch with many things, including competition, customer issues, and technological changes. When the leadership was out of touch with these areas, smaller, more efficient companies became able to capture some of the



References: Minas, R., Wright, S., & Rik, v. B. (2012). Decentralization and centralization. The International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 32(5), 286-298. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/01443331211236989 Satterlee, A. (2013). Organizational Management and Leadership: A Christian             Perspective (2nd Edition ed.). Raleigh, NC: Synergistics International Inc. Schragger, R. (December 2010). Decentralization and Development. Virginia Law Review, Vol. 96, No. 8, pp. 1837-1910. Retrieved on 9/9/2013 from http://www.jstor.org.ezproxy.liberty.edu:2048/stable/27896334?seq=6 Wei, L. (August 2010). Terrorism’s New Frontiers. Beijing Review, Vol. 53, Issue 31, pp 13. Retrieved on 9/9/2013 from http://web.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.liberty.edu:2048/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=0b0e8b95-14ad-45df-928e-599544912e63%40sessionmgr110&vid=2&hid=119

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