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Critical Theory


Finish Systems Theory and Introduction to Critical Theory

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West Virginia University
Comm 306 - Communication-Orgnztns/Instutn

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COMM 306 1nd Edition Lecture 7 Outline of Last Lecture I Likert s System of Management II Blake and Mouton s Managerial Grid III Systems Theory Outline of Current Lecture I Systems Theory Processes and Properties II Contingency Theory III Critical Theory IV Feminist Theory V Racial Perspectives Current Lecture Permeability degree organisms allow information to cross boundaries Boundaries portion of organisms separating it from the environment passwords status office doors cubicles Systematic Processes exploration of functioning of a system 1 Input material energy or information brought in from the environment 2 Throughput transformation of material energy or information 3 Output return material energy or information to environment 4 Feedback facilitates interaction interdependent functioning components evaluation Positive information used to change organization Negative information used to maintain status quo Systematic Properties emerge from interaction of processes and components 1 Holism system more than sum of parts nonsummativity 2 Equifinality multiple paths can lead to same outcome 3 Adaptive use similar inputs to create different outputs 4 Negative Entropy organization s ability to sustain themselves and grow 5 Requisite Variety internal working of system must match environment complexity These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor s lecture GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes not as a substitute Roles of Communication glue systems and environments Adaptive mechanism exchange relevant information with environment Boundary Spanners people in contact with variety of systems environments Maintenance Function provide flow of information among subsystems meetings memos and e mails used to maintain homeostasis Contingency Theory assume no best way to structure manage an organization structure and style depend on the environment Contingency Theory Styles of Management no optimum management 1 Mechanistic environment stable

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