Many environmental organizational theorist have a central claim or conclusion to their arguments that organizations, their success, their design, and their processes are mostly dictated by the environment. Write an essay explaining why environmental theorist believe this (that is explain the logic of their argument) and then write a critique of it in terms of whether or not you think they were correct? Are managers mostly constrained by the environment? Is the idea of managerial or organizational agency a myth? Be sure you use examples (made up or real) when both describing their theory and in your critique. You can also draw on any of the books we read to help you with your response. Good responses have details, examples, and draw from the material from the class including lectures, readings, postings, and movies.
Tett’s book on Silo’s identifies a major problem of many large organizations — the rise of isolated silos and a variety of problems that come from their isolation. She also suggests some cases where individuals and organizations have been able to “bust” these silos or think about them in different ways. Write an essay that uses organizational cultural and/or organizational environment approaches and make an argument that one of those two approaches does a better job finding solutions to the problems of silos as Tett sees them. To be specific, write an essay that first details the concept of Silos as offered by Tett, then briefly explains the problems they create, and then talks about some of Tett’s suggested solutions to the problem. Then make an argument that either the culture approach or the environment approach offers a meaningful way to see and deal with the problem of Silos.