Talking About Organizations is a conversational podcast where we talk about one book, journal article or idea per episode and try to understand it, its purpose and its impact. By joining us as we collectively tackle managerial and organizational problems, you get the full benefit of active and organic thinking as opposed to passive receiving that normally accompanies a monologue or a lecture. Subscribe to our feed and begin Talking About Organizations as we take on great management thinkers of past and present!
74: Emergence of Middle Management - Alfred Chandler (Part 2)
We discussed how 1977, the publication date for "The Visible Hand" marked a watershed moment for middle management as it began to decline soon thereafter. Chastised as bureaucratic and a target for downsizing, middle management has been under continuous scrutiny and pressure to the present day. What might Chandler have said about this?
74: Emergence of Middle Management - Alfred Chandler (Part 1)
Alfred Chandler’s award-winning book, "The Visible Hand: The Managerial Revolution in American Business" provides an excellent summary of the history of American commerce from the pre-industrial era to the mid-20th century, and how new technologies and a changing society led to the creation of the modern industrial enterprise. The "visible hand" refers to the transparency and prominence of this new class of manager who coordinated and controlled these growing enterprises,
73: Organizing Innovation -- Michael Tushman (Part 2)
In Part 2 of this episode, we take Michael Tushman's (1977) work, "Special boundary roles in the innovation process," and apply the ideas of boundary spanning and roles of individuals in the innovation process to contemporary times. This includes research projects pursued by castmembers Pedro and Gretta, along with our special guest Hila Lifshitz-Assaf that shed light on how to better embed innovation in the culture and how to innovate more effectively and efficiently.
73: Organizing Innovation -- Michael Tushman (Part 1)
Discusses an important work from Michael Tushman, "Special boundary roles in the innovation process," published in Administrative Science Quarterly (1977) about how innovation benefits from individuals who communicate across boundaries. With special guest Hila Lifshitz-Assaf who has collaborated with Tushman and did her own dissertation on boundary spanning in the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
72: Organizational Diagnosis -- Marvin Weisbord (Part 2)
In Part 2, we discuss the implications of Weisbord's model for consultancy, particularly internal to the organization. As diagnostic models have gotten more complex, should one rely on external consultants and their expense or internal consultants who have greater knowledge of the organization but are more subject to politics? Also, how can the six-box model be used as an educational tool that teaches members how to detect and resolve problems in the organization?
72: Organizational Diagnosis -- Marvin Weisbord (Part 1)
Business literature is now loaded with models and frameworks designed to help organizations identify, analyze, and fix their problems. But it wasn't always this way. In the 1970s, Marvin Weisbord developed and promoted a simple framework and associated suite of tools designed for anyone to investigate what was going wrong. In this episode, we discuss one of his articles -- "Organizational Diagnosis: Six Places to Look for Trouble With or Without a Theory," published in 1976 in the journal Group and Organization Management -- that introduced his Six-Box Model of organizational diagnosis.
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Great discussions on seminal organisational science papers, many including the original authors. Excellent insights into the research.