Good Essay On Organizational Management
At Microsoft, founder and chairman Bill Gates holds a tight rein on the company. It has become a behemoth, but without any particular specialty. Microsoft has its hands in a lot of businesses under its successful and profitable umbrella. These operations include, but are not limited to the browser business (Explorer), a video game console (Xbox), a web portal, major software applications such as Microsoft Office, and operating systems such as Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8.1. Arguably, however, its culture is dominated by Gates and Steven A. Ballmer, chief executive. It is very much a company where decisions are based on the ideas of a few, rather than the collective wisdom of the crowd.
Thus far, the leadership of Gates and the Board of Directors has proved effective, as Microsoft has quickly become a leader in so many industries, company divisions that are profitable enough to function as their own stand-alone companies -- rather than divisions of Microsoft. Despite Gates's and Ballmer's success across a diversity of specialties, the conglomerate was found to be in violation of certain anti-trust violations, back in 2000. Since then, it has scaled back its acquisitiveness, but has nevertheless grown exponentially, becoming the behemoth that it is today.
This is not due to the wisdom of the crowd, as a crowd would be less likely to make complex business decisions. Microsoft's success is due to the influence and leadership skills of a few people at the top of what has become a corporate empire.
My current organization can be examined based upon four elements. These four elements are sustainability, security, self-expression, and significance.
As my organization is relatively small (less than 100 employees), as a physical entity, it is not quite large enough to qualify as highly-sustainable. The organization has endured many changes both in personnel and services provided. Thus, its small size has made the organization more adaptable to a rapidly-changing business climate. However, it is torn between fulfilling a specific niche (which may exhaust itself), and diversification, spreading the eggs in more than one basket.
As for security, the organization is, for the time being, relatively stable. This makes it a great place for which to work. However, it is never known when market changes might drastically alter its paradigm of security. This lends the organization an element of instability. Instability, however, can be beneficial, as employees are always forced to adapt their styles of communication and management. Regular employees -- those without seniority -- feel the instability the most.
As the corporate culture is relatively unrelaxed and highly-traditional, the degree of self-expression allowed -- especially by middle management -- is minimal. I believe that this is a negative element of my organization. If people are working under the intense scrutiny of their managers, they are less likely to express their work (and personal) needs, thus producing an uncomfortable and inflexible working environment. I have noticed that my colleagues are more prone to absenteeism and poor job performance.
The significance of my organization's work is very important -- at least to me. This level of significance has contributed to a high degree of concern for my company's performance. Also, my company's high level of significance has forced me to re-examine my faith and spirituality.