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Chapter 13. Analyzing and Evaluating Thi... > Questioning Organizational Realities

Questioning Organizational Realities

In light of the analysis developed thus far in the chapter, there are a set of fundamental questions we should ask in reflecting on the limiting conditions within which we work:

  • To what extent is there a struggle for power underway in the organization?

  • To what extent must we deal with “power hungry” individuals?

  • What is the hierarchy of power in the organization? To what extent are those at the top easily threatened by thinking that diverges from their own?

  • How does the organization present itself both within and without? Are there any important contradictions or inconsistencies between the two? To what extent do inconsistencies exist between how the organization represents itself and how it actually functions?

  • To what extent is short-range thinking dominant in the organization?

  • To what extent is there a problem of bureaucratic inefficiency within the organization?

  • To what extent is there a problematic “ideology” that stands in the way of change?

  • To what extent is the organization forced to compete meaningfully with other organizations?

  • To what extent is the organization suffering from stagnation?

  • To what extent is bad short-term thinking misleading the leadership of the organization?

  • To what extent are ethical considerations ignored or denied in favor of vested interest within the organization?


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