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Type A Organizations and Type B Organizations

Last few days, I was busy gathering some background information for yet another term paper (on the topic “Organizational Culture and Productivity”) I have to do for my MBA during this semester. I came up with this interesting classification made by Edgar H Schein, in one of his articles to the Sloan Management Review, back in 1984.

According to him there are two types of organizations. Type A and Type B.

Organizations in Type – A assume that;

  • Ideas come ultimately from individuals.
  • People are responsible, motivated and capable of governing themselves.
  • Nevertheless, in practice, truth can only be arrived at by fighting things out in groups.
  • Such fighting is possible because members of the organization see themselves as a family who will take care of each other.

It is therefore safe to fight, and be competitive among each other.

On the other hand, organizations of Type – B assume that;

  • Truth comes ultimately from older, wider and higher status members.
  • People are capable of loyalty and discipline in carrying out directions.
  • Relationships are basically lineal and vertical.
  • Each person has a niche in the organization that cannot be invaded.
  • The organization is responsible for taking care of its members.

In organizations of type A, there are open office landscapes, few closed doors, people milling about, intense conversations and arguments and a general air of informality. On the other hand in organizations of type B, everyone is in an office with closed doors, nothing is done except by appointment and prearranged agenda. When people of different ranks are present there is real difference and obedience.

And the most important point to note from Schein’s analysis is; he says “neither is wrong – they are just different!”

After all; the world is not black and white.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Posted by Amitha Amarasinghe

Bringing Cricket to Olympics: Needs a bit of Marketing Involved

First Gilchrist wanted it to be in the Olympics. Ponting too wanted Cricket to be in the Olympics. Waugh backed the bid. Mohammad Ashraful too wants it to be there. But Ian Chappel thinks Cricket in Olympics would merely be a “pimple on the backside”!
Chappel’s main argument is, countries like USA and China won’t adapt to a game like Cricket; so it won’t create a compelling enough demand to IOC for considering the inclusion of Cricket in 2020 Olympics. Hmmmm! Now, that makes sense why IOC is so keen in keeping two gold medals (guaranteed) in Baseball and Softball in every Olympic!

Even though it is highly debatable what Chappel is saying (Do we have to get the consent of Americans, all the time for what to do and not to do in Olympics?), I liked one idea put forward by him about “marketing Cricket to China and USA”.

“Perhaps a more realistic approach would be to expand the IPL model, with franchises in places like USA, Japan, China and Europe. That way, competitive matches are guaranteed in those countries and an opportunity is created for an increased audience for cricket on television in those regions. By taking this approach it would also accelerate the development of young homegrown players from those countries, who would eventually go on to play in a competitive national team. When that time arrives, it would be appropriate to start thinking about cricket as an Olympic sport.”

Interesting, isn’t it? Looks like there’s some business opportunity to be grabbed by someone!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Posted by Amitha Amarasinghe

A New Fuel Meter for Your Car

Very much the truth these days! I also like to have this one on my car’s dash board. I was just thinking, how this new gadget could indicate the situation where both the tank and the wallet are empty! Anyways, all car owners are thoroughly advised to shift to this new fuel gauge.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Posted by Amitha Amarasinghe

Kadupul Blossom

A rare scene, and I'm so lucky to see it at my home! I took this photo, few minutes ago. It's absolutely magical! Blossoms at night, and fade before the dawn. Will upload more photos later.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Posted by Amitha Amarasinghe

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