Evolution of Formal Organizations Paper
May 27, 2012
University of Phoenix
The past two centuries have witnessed rapid change unequaled in human history. Technology is the driving force, altering all facets of life including governments, families,
members and the conditions under which those altering all facets of life including governments, families, communities and even the eco system within which we live (Klay, 2012). A century ago, most people’s lived in small groups of family, friends, and neighbors. Today our lives revolve around more and more formal organizations, large secondary groups organized to achieve goals more efficiently (Klay, 2012). Formal organizations date back to thousands of Tradition slows down progress and makes societies more conservative. This limits organizations efficiency and their ability to change and grow and learn new ways. Formal organizations such as corporations and government agencies are unlike small primary groups in personality and their formal planned atmosphere(Macionis, 2010). Formal organizations usually have strict written rules. They have their own set of norms, statuses, and roles that specify, in writing, each members relationship to the organization (Kornblum, 2011). We, as, humans rely on large organizations. We rely on them to pave the roads, keep the recreation areas clean and inhabitable. We rely on them to collect taxes (the Internal Revenue Service is a corporation, not a government agency), school our children, delivering mail and so on.. The modern worlds view is based on rationality. Rationality is a way of thinking that emphasizes deliberate, matter-of-fact calculation of the most productive way to get a job done better, faster, and less costly (Macionis, 2010). A rational world view does not pay much attention to the past. and is open to any changes that might help get a...
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