Methods of Study
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JDescribe the second tool set, methods of study, which includes five frequently employed techniques to study organizations
JDefine measurement and distinguish between descriptive (shrinking data chunks into meaningful wholes) and inferential statistics (reaching beyond limited observations to larger groupings or populations)
JDescribe the third tool set, which generates an organizational snapshot, constructed by the systematic collection of data of four key domains of organizations-organizational structure, demography, power and politics, and networks-to produce a preliminary assessment of the organization
Imagine that you are an organizational consultant hired by the leadership team of a troubled start-up firm called Great Grow. The company’s main product speeds up crop growth and yields abundant harvests just about anywhere around the globe, so it has an impressive potential market. But there are problems, particularly in the company’s manufacturing and distribution departments. Nobody inside the company can quite figure out the causes of these problems; that’s why they have hired you to analyze the situation and (quickly!) develop some recommendations. How will you do this? You arrive at Great Grow with limited knowledge of the company, but you have a deep understanding of several tools that you will use to give you a sense of the people in the organization, their relationships, and areas for improvement.