Module:Making Sense of Organisations Please read the information carefully: (Important)
The question is: To what extent has our understanding of organisation and management progressed in theory and in practice since the beginning of the 20th century to help addressing the diversity issues in organisation?
Given that organisations are an incapable part of all our lives it becomes important that we develop an understanding of what they are and how they work (or do not work). The lecture programme has emphasized the idea that organisations are not a single entity and that making sense of them requires us to examine them through a variety of theoretical perspectives as well as our own perceptual lens. This postmodern understanding argues that organisations are socially constructed phenomena, so question like; ‘what the organisation is’, ‘why it is there’ and ‘how it works (or doesn’t)’, ‘why’, ‘who should manage’ and ‘how’ should be addressed from these different, but interrelated theoretical constructs. This is quite different from the views of scientific management theorists.
The various perspectives offered during the lectures can all be employed to help you make sense of organisations and the management of them. These may include the following but you are not confined to these; (Historical, Sociological, Rational technical, Political, Psychological, Cultural (organisational and national), Symbolic)
An additional implication of the postmodern understanding is that the person making sense,(you), must acknowledge their own influence in the sense making process, that is, you are also involved in socially constructing the organisation even as an analyst, and are not examining it from a distance. This will involve you in a consideration of your own background and life experience. You are encouraged to offer insights of your own ,and given that we are understanding organisations as any community of people , large or small and with whatever purpose, you should use your own experience, for example; part time or full time work, schools and other educational establishments. lecture time organisations, political organisations.
Finally, you are also required to use example from contemporary organisations to support and illustrate your points. These might come from your reading of contemporary events, from news sources or television documentaries.
To summarise , you are required to write and essay which explores the notion of organisation and management using a variety of theoretical perspectives and supported by examples from your own experience as well as from your reading of academic work and from contemporary organisations. This will require you to use the lecture material, books and articles, and contemporary news sources. The emphasis is on writing a persuasive essay which builds a case for a particular point of view and which is drawn together in the conclusion. Your account should be analytical and critically informed, and not simply a description of an organisation.