Minimize Chaos in Your Organization
April 20, 2010 4 Comments
Chaos is a source of ingenuity and construction in nature (Scott, 2003). Chaos is also defined as a confused mass or mixture, a conglomeration of parts or elements without order or connexion (“Chaos,” 2009). Chaos is pattern that hang about beneath the systems which seems random (Meyer, Tsui, & Hinings, 1993). Organizations are flexible to change and will modify their process to adapt to the neighboring environment. Organizations are not resistant to their environments blessing but also not completely open to small changes in their positions (Scott, 2003).
Organization classical theory start by summing up the total amount of work required to be done then divide it into divisions and departments. The departments are divided into sections and assignments for the employees to work (Newstrom & Davis, 2002). The rational model discusses another system to prevent the chaos for breaking in the organization. The rational model states that decision-making can be made by identifying the problem then generate applicable solutions for implementation (Jones, 2007). The simplicity of the model lessen its credibility but using such a theory can prevent chaos from happening. Diversity can create chaos and tension in an organization on the short-term, but on the long-term, diversity is a healthy and productive move toward to decision-making (Newstrom & Davis, 2002).
Organizations can decrease chaos by implementing continues improvement tools like the total quality management (TQM) method which is an ongoing and continues effort by the organization’s employees to find new way to improve the business processes (Jones, 2007). The TQM aims to reduce errors by analyzing the existing process by the organization’s employees and suggest new solutions to cut these errors and deviations through continues improvement techniques like the quality cycle (Newstrom & Davis, 2002). The organization’s continues improvement can prevent chaos or decrease it.
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