Semester Spring 2012
Organizational Development (MGMT628)
Assignment No. 2
Due Date: June 14, 2012 Marks: 25
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explain theoretical concepts in answers.
Objective and Outcome:
This exercise will help you in transforming theory into lingo of organization and it will also help in interview
Before the industrial revolution, most organizations were related to agriculture or craft work.
Communication was primarily face-to-face. Organizations were small, with simple structures and
fuzzy boundaries, and were generally not interested in growing larger. In industrial age, many things
were changed. Growth became primary criteria of success. Organizations became large and complex,
and boundaries between functional departments and between organizations were distinct. Environment
was relatively stable, and technologies tended to be mass-production manufacturing processes. The
primary forms of capital were money, buildings and machines. Internal structures became more
complex, vertical and bureaucratic. Leadership was based on solid management principles to
maximize productivity and tended to be autocratic. Managers did all the planning and “thought work”
while employees did the manual labor in exchange for wages and other compensation.
Now the environment of today is unstable. With international competition, e-commerce, and other
challenges, the environment for all organizations is unpredictable, characterized by complexity and
surprise. Managers can’t predict and control in traditional ways. To cope, organizations need a shift to
a newer paradigm – one that is not based on the mechanical assumption of the industrial era but on the
concepts of a living, biological system. Many organizations are shifting to flexible and decentralize
structures that emphasize horizontal collaboration. In addition, boundaries between organizations are
becoming diffuse, as even competitors form partnerships to compete globally. The primary form of
capital is not buildings or production machinery but information and knowledge. As a dramatic
example, consider the ‘market value’ of companies whose product is information technology (for
example, Yahoo or Google) that can often be one hundred to two hundred times greater than their
fixed asset value; whereas in traditional companies, the market value and asset value are same.
Following are some of the Organizational Design Characteristics. You are required to analyze the
given information, as well as consult books, and compare and contrast Old and New Paradigms with
reference to these characteristics. The last bullet of the table will show you how to attempt the assignment.
Characteristics Old Paradigm Design New Paradigm Design
1 Operational Scope
3 Decision Making
4 Resource Management
5 Organizational Structure
Environment Stable Turbulent
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|Characteristics||Old Paradigm Design||New Paradigm Design|
|5||Production||At small scale||At large scale|
|6||Capital||Money, building etc||People|
hope it will help u alot....fill other columns like this...its very easy
thnxs but plz tell me from which lesson u take help.plz explore it for us im bit confused
These are seven characteristics, what about rest 5?
plz can anyone help for the rest of the points.....??
plz share here complete solution
Please, i have a request to all those my friends who still don't able to submit their assignment that kindly just once read the assignment in a practical manner because most of the answer is in it.
HOPE that will help u.