Talking About Organizations
E39: Organizational Choice - Carnegie Mellon School Series (No. 4, Part 3)
Our discussion of “The Garbage Can Model of Organizational Choice” by Cohen, March, & Olsen, concludes as the podcasters offer their reflections. The model was provocative for its time, what have learned in the forty years since now that the garbage can model is better understood and accepted as common practice in organizations? Other posts in the Carnegie Mellon School series: Episode 4 on Organizational Routines, Episode 19 on Organizational Learning, Episode 29 on Business School...
E39: Tom's sidecast
During Episode 39 we explore a famous 1972 article in Administrative Science Quarterly from Cohen, March, and Olsen on the Garbage Can Model of Decision Making, which contained (above all things) a fully-documented computer program written in FORTRAN 66! The sidecast also included details of how they designed the program what its outputs were. As we discuss during the podcast, this was far from an empirical study. They designed the model solely for exploratory purposes—to demonstrate an...
E39: Organizational Choice - Carnegie Mellon School Series (No. 4, Part 2)
Our discussion of “The Garbage Can Model of Organizational Choice” by Cohen, March, & Olsen, continues as the podcasters discuss the technical aspects of the model and its implications for modern practice. Also from the Carnegie-Mellon School series: Episode 4 on Organizational Routines, Episode 19 on Organizational Learning, Episode 29 on Business School Design,and our Series Introduction.
E39: Organizational Choice - Carnegie-Mellon School Series (No. 4, Part 1)
Please join us for the fourth episode in our series of podcasts focused on works from the Carnegie-Mellon School. For this episode, the podcasters tackle “The Garbage Can Model of Organizational Choice” by Michael Cohen, James March, and Johan Olsen, published in Adninistrative Science Quarterly in 1972. The article was a radical departure from conventional thinking about choice and decision making at the time, where leaders identified problems and applied solutions rationally. Instead,...
E38: Police Socialization - John Van Maanen (Part 3)
Our discussion of John Van Maanen's "Police Socialization" concludes with a more in-depth look at his methodology and use of 'covert' methods. As a participant-observer, Van Maanen's study included his participation in police training and joining patrols. Covert research challenges the principle of informed consent but may be necessary for conduct research on populations that are otherwise difficult to access. Through a very recent article by Thomas Roulet, et al. in Organizational...
E38: Police Socialization - John Van Maanen (Part 2)
Please join us as we continue our discussion of John Van Maanen's article, "Police Socialization: A Longitudinal Examination of Job Attitudes in an Urban Police Department." For Part 2, the podcasters look to other, more contemporary settings where similar socialization activities occur. How has our growing understanding of socialization shaped organizational life since 1975 when this article was written? How has ethnographic research evolved? Find out here!
E38: Police Socialization - John Van Maanen (Part 1)
Please join us as TAOP returns in 2018 to open a New Year with a discussion of John Van Maanen's classic work from 1975, "Police Socialization: A Longitudinal Examination of Job Attitudes in an Urban Police Department." In Part 1, Pedro, Dmitrijs, Tom and Miranda introduce the article - what Van Maanen tried to accomplish and, more importantly, how. The result was a major step forward in ethnographic research!
E37: Oeconomicus - Xenophon with Peter Adamson (Part 3)
In part 3 of our conversation about Xenophon's Oeconomicus we summarise the preceding two parts and underline the value, as well as the limitations, of drawing on a text as old as Oeconomicus for understanding contemporary issues (both in management and in philosophy!)
E36: The Human Capital Hoax - Peter Fleming (Part 2)
In part 2 we continue to discuss “The Human Capital Hoax: Work, Debt, and Insecurity in the Era of Uberization,” by Peter Fleming. The article raised a number of pressing issues, such as the nature and character of modern workplace resistance and the implications of Fleming's thesis on managers and leaders.
E34: Summary of Trist and Bamforth
Join Tom as he provides a detailed summary of the discussion we held in Episode 34 on Trist and Bamforth’s work on the effects and consequences that introduction of new organizational technology may have on individual employees. This is a very important piece of research that ties into a number of foundational themes we discussed in other episodes and thus a must read (or listen!). Enjoy!