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Ideas for Reforming our collective, more inclusive Organizational Sciences (OS).

February 15, 2015

ABSTRACT

A hypothetically, and experience-based, status statement re the Organizational Sciences (OB/OR/& the Humanities) follows. The related Organizational Sciences are about all structured material “things” (minerals, tissues, etc), and regarding our “human social-psychological” composures and behaviors. Need based actions led to the forming of an “all encompassing curriculum” for the Organizational Sciences (OB, OR & the Humanities). As a more inclusive OS continues to evolve (perhaps, mostly by Management Consultant’s), collaborating  Researchers and Professionals (clients and consultants) will be especially challenged to be more convincing about what OS has to offer. Hopefully, improved pathways will be discovered, which foster increasing mutual interdependencies, for a better future.

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Ideas for Reforming our collective, more inclusive Organizational Sciences (OS).

Hypothetically (and experience-based), a status statement re the Organizational Sciences (OB/OR/& the Humanities) reads as follows:

For all structured material “things” (minerals, tissues, etc), the related Organizational Sciences are about their makeup and composition in terms of masses and energies, and how surrounding pinching, splitting, exchanges, and relaxing conditions (fixed and changing) lead to behavioral manifestations. And, it is especially notable that our Institutes of Technology excel in these “material studies” (which include subjects like measuring the speed light, radiation imaging, and neuroscience, for example).

Re our “human social-psychological” composures and behaviors, we have our human spirits (with related creative and insightful inspirations), and “natural” tendencies which are forever present. And, as a result of our dialogic influence-interactions communicated across the spaces in-between us, we have “nurtured” (i.e. learned and overtly impressed) role expectations to consider. Besides, our individuality, which is particularly present during artistic and humanistic endeavors, there are leadership and follower-ship conditions and consequences to be considered when we are involved with interpersonal and other social dialoging. So, besides studying the traditional humanities and the arts (which usually involve storytelling and tutoring), there are the psychology/social psychology/& social sciences to be studied- if we wish to better perform our “all inclusive, especially relevant, OS engagements and behaviors.”

Fortunately, because we (as peoples) relate to both “all things & all psyche+social aspects”, in a mutually inclusive manner, midway during the past Century, our Institutes of Technology included more focused subjects like “Psychology, & Communications, in Industry” (in addition to the more sketchy teachings of the humanities and social sciences). And, subsequently, a decade or two later, further need based actions led to the forming of an “all encompassing curriculum” for the Organizational Sciences (OB, OR & the Humanities). This definition of the OS academic field and subjects for more holistic study, also dealt more in-depth with matters and issues concerning “our peoples & their things.”

In fairness, it must be mentioned that this “evolutionary step” occurred because of, not in spite of, evolutionary groundwork studies and involvements at nearby Universities. The instituted OS programs occurred primarily because of heightened respect for increasing levels of successful engagements regarding human and employee relations, as well as a concurrent starting-up of major new technology and management challenges. However, because of an over-riding bias related to traditional beliefs from within the Humanities (which basically questioned whether there could be truthful scientific explorations, when arbitrary communication boundaries were curtailing transparencies), the effort went astray.

Then, the issues and matters, once again, were relegated into the ball-court of Education Management for any, further, future, considerations re OS and it’s promising potentials. Also, in fairness, it is important to note that, concurrently, there was long-standing Federation Proposal dialoging amongst the Institute and adjacent University faculties. And, perhaps, related urgencies also curtailed a promising beginning for the field of OS, and years of productive yielding of societal benefits.

For the future of OS (in Education, Industry, and Government), it is necessary to remind that historical Management actions (some old, some new) will continue to be involved for decades- when reforming, deciding, resolving, and conducting performance improvement possibilities. Traditionally, a “top level, downward communications, policy” of broadcasting is a primary function of management. It establishes direction, and it’s implementation characterizes the “Leadership methods in action.” Alternatively, and somewhat differently, Organizational Behavior and Operations Research, which basically focus on “People in Action at Work and Play”, have predominantly attempted to consider “all” the relevant learned subjects and studies involved, i.e. “the psyche & social processes and the processing and handling of things.” And, actually, such OS findings can significantly affect policy thinking and formations. Most certainly, surviving fragments of OS will continue to evolve promising insights and new and revised understandings for effective actions. As “a more inclusive OS” continues to evolve (perhaps, mostly by Management Consultant’s), all collaborating OS Researchers and Professionals (clients and consultants) will be especially challenged to be more convincing about what OS has to offer.

It, also, behoves our Managements to reach out beyond existing sentiments and fraternal considerations, for the necessary enhanced understandings re the ”things of Humanity and how people and things relate existentially”, in order to be and become more effective. Hopefully, improved pathways will be discovered, which foster increasing mutual interdependencies, for a better future. Presently, there are a multitude of independent hopes and actions which deserve our considerate support, encouragement, and engagements.

First posted on Academic.edu, 02-14-2015.

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