Category Archives: organization

“Politico-technical Systems”

By | April 6, 2015

I have put up another post on the LinkedIn Pulse blog with the above title, attempting to if not actually making organizational politics wholly legitimate and above board, at least letting it be allowed for and understood. Just because you don’t want to see something doesn’t mean it’s not there.

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“Your organization isn’t real!”

By | March 31, 2015

This isn’t an original entry. I just wanted to let you all know that I published a short post in the LinkedIn Pulse blog, with the above title (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/your-organization-isnt-real-jd-eveland?trk=object-title). In general, it compares organizations to an unsuccessful version of the Velveteen Rabbit. You might find it interesting. It’s attracted some attention and garnered a fair number of likes.

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Responsible data analysis as storytelling

By | March 12, 2015

Sometimes an online conversation can begin around one topic and segue into others, often considerably more profound than the original. Case in point: a recent LinkedIn discussion regarding how variables measured on different kinds of scales might be combined into overall indices most effectively. Backing up from this fairly specific issue raises some fundamental questions about how data analysis is conducted and presented.

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Academic work as a Moral Tale: An agony in a mere six fits [Part 2]

By | December 3, 2014

Fit the Third

But using the tools of politics to repeal politics turned out to be a dangerous game. Neoliberals lying down with politicians caused the public generally to wake up with giant flea hickeys rather than just cautionary fleabites. Deregulation removing Depression-era policies like Glass-Steagall allowed the rawest kinds of market pressures to shape big financial institutions and multinational industrial firms into enterprises rooted in no single body of law (and thus essentially immune to it);

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Academic work as a Moral Tale: An agony in a mere six fits [Part 1]

By | November 30, 2014

On our Reed College Facebook page, there has been a debate on academic reimbursement, starting with an innocuous discussion on the posting of a position for a new event planner for the College and leading up to my threatening them with my own analysis of academic job markets – a threat now begun here.

Prelude

Despite the neverending best efforts of our group to feel bad for our beloved college,

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Why do we teach?

By | November 8, 2014

The question of why teachers quit teaching has recently been posed in a LinkedIn discussion forum. I offered some thoughts there, but I thought that it might also be useful to expand some on this theme here. It’s a complicated issue, but one with considerable social urgency.

It’s easy to see the question of why teachers quit as simply the inverse of why teachers start to teach in the first place.

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On systems and systems thinking

By | October 25, 2014

Some time back, in connection with a class I was teaching, I posted a question to the
Socio-Technical Systems Roundtable (STS RT) discussion board on LinkedIn asking about what kind of developed procedures there might be for conducting socio-technical design studies. This provoked a vigorous discussion with a goodly number of participants, and generated a lot of useful advice.

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Guest post on Charlie Grantham’s blog

By | September 21, 2014

Today’s post is actually being posted elsewhere – on the blog of the Community Design Institute, managed by my old friend and colleague Charlie Grantham.  Find it here:

Workspace Politics

While you’re at it, check out Charlie’s other posts. This is actually part of his series on redesigning work spaces. He has a lot of other interesting thoughts there as well.

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Servant Leadership

By | June 29, 2014

On yet another of the seemingly endless LinkedIn discussion boards1, a question has been posed about the idea of “servant leadership” and its co-optation by Wal-Mart. As both its supporters and critics agree, the value of idea of “servant leadership” depends critically on how one defines “servant”, which in turn depends a great deal on how one defines the corresponding concept,

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Request for comments

By | June 4, 2014

Well, here’s something different. I’ve recently dug out some material that I originally put together as introductions to various organizational research modules while at Trident U. However, they have long since ceased to use any of it, so I thought it might be worth bringing out of storage.

Strictly speaking, it’s probably two separate essays, one on research quality and one on levels of analysis.

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