Therefore, it benefits all mangers to obtain a better understanding of the relationship between the organization and its environment and react accordingly.
The purpose of this article is to evaluate the statement above and discuss the skills a manager might need to be successful in a increasingly fast changing and growing complexity business environment.
No matter what form of the organization that you work for, for example, a profit making company, a public sector bodies or voluntary charitable group. We all have been experiencing the impact of the environment that surrounding organization. Accordingly, studying the environment and managing the impact are essential to survive or gain competitive advantage.
Changing School of Management Thought
Before we talk about the environment, I would like to briefly exploring some of the major schools of management thought. This is important to know that not only the environment is changing rapidly, but also the way we see the world is shifting. Each of the schools of thought, in their day, represents the major paradigms and reflects the business environment surrounding them in their eras.
These schools of thought are the ‘paradigms’ of management referred to by Clarke and Clegg in their book “Changing Paradigms – The Transformation of Management Knowledge for the 21st Century.”(Clarke & Clegg, 2000) . Since “Clarke and Clegg define paradigms as models or frameworks that we use to help us perceive, perceive, understand and interpret the world around us.” (R A Cowe B&miC Lec1, 2008).
We can understand the change happens in business world by studying different schools of thoughts and paradigms in different time. Thus we can compare the complexity of nowadays environment with early year environment.
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