There is an old saying that goes, “if you are a hammer, then everything looks like a nail.” This week, please consider that this saying is applicable in the context of organizational design. As we survey our professional life, it is plain to see that the same kind of traditional and hierarchical organization has been present in almost every one of our experiences. So far in this class, effort has been made to provide a larger vocabulary of organizational design. The point: it’s time for us, as organizational thinkers and managers of things, to learn to see ourselves and our contexts in more sophisticated fashion.
This week, for your discussion board post, please compose a professional memo to a boss (past or present) that makes a claim for how a different organizational structure and/or management model would help the organization’s strategic position and support it within the word limit of the assignment using at least one quote that can be attributed back to a well-known management expert.