GUIDELINES FOR ORGANIZATIONAL ANALYSIS ASSIGNMENT
Using Collins’ work as a model and framework for advanced organizational analysis (and other references as needed), analyze a system, organization, organization systems and/or subsystems. Consider each of the concepts proposed by Collins’ breaking down the organizations’ strategic plan, financial management, organizational structure, leadership, organizational culture, performance outcomes, etc. Collins’ work is a good foundational text, along with Fifth Discipline (Senge, 1990) and other related writers and models.
When analyzing an organizational system, along with Collins’ work, consider chaos theory and complexity science (Wheatley, Porter-O-Grady), learning organizations (Senge), change and innovation (Gladwell,
Rogers, Quinn). Such references may be useful in arriving at a greater level of understanding of organizations necessary to truly transform our current health care systems. As part of this analysis, consider interviewing members of the staff, board members, organizational historians, key administrative personnel (CFO, CEO, CNE, etc.). If you are not familiar with the organization/system, it will be essential that you talk to members of the organization who can help you develop a rich understanding of the leadership, culture, and decision-making patterns. Consider what is written about the organization and its system in the local paper, regional documents, trade journals, etc. These qualitative methods, along with review of clinical, financial and other evaluation measures (quantitative measures), will provide a more holistic perspective of an organizational systems’ performance.
The paper should be carefully written in a formal style, based on primary sources, provide an integration of ideas, and be 4-6 pages in length, excluding title page & reference list. Organized flow, logical progression of ideas, and clarity in thought are essential.