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Organizational Behavior: Organizational Structure Metaphor
An assessment of the Emperor penguins' organizational effectiveness as a metaphor for organizational structure.
# 75221 | 3,470 words | 12 sources | APA | 2006 | US

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Out of thousands of living creatures populating our planet, Emperor penguins represent one of the most inspirational natural metaphors for modern organizational behavior. The paper shows that Emperors put their skills and abilities to good use; they utilize their resources effectively; they overcome numerous obstacles to help the organization internal processes flow smoothly. Finally, they accomplish their common goal. Emperor penguins flourish in the place where few living things can survive. The paper shows that as we study Emperor penguins, we cannot help drawing parallels. What if the workplace worked like this? An employee and a manager could take some lessons in the areas of protection, sacrifice, cooperation and teamwork.

Paper Outline:
Organized Penguins
Skills and Abilities
Group Development Process - Adult Penguins
Group Development Process - Chicks
Roles and Norms
Teamwork Effectiveness
Leadership and Decision-Making
Managing Team Conflict
Organizational Effectiveness

From the Paper:

"Another criterion of assessing organizational effectiveness is resource acquisition. Emperor Penguins rely on the ocean as their only food source, so it must be within reach of every mature penguin or they will starve and die. The acquisition of heat can be seen in the huddle where penguins must cooperate during storms or they will freeze to death. The acquisition of safety can be seen in the protection of their chicks from predators. Acquiring a mate takes a certain amount of skill and determination as well. The "healthy systems" approach is in effect in the rookery because we can see the genuine sense of community."

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