Organizational study of a large U.S. Non-profit: A Diagnosis of Organizational and Leadership Issues

Authors

  • Saumya Pradhan
  • Sergey Ivanov, Ph.D

Keywords:

Pseudo Work, Double Talk, Double Think, Abilene Paradox, Collaboration, Innovation, Management Diseases, Deming

Abstract

Organizations that are sick with organizational diseases make cutbacks in size and spending, which mostly impact the workforce with massive layoffs. Employees in these organizations are unhappy, frustrated, and live in constant fear of losing their jobs. Employees are doing “pseudo work” (Ivanov, 2017) verses “real work,” pushing the organization into a vicious cycle of more cutbacks and layoffs. This paper discusses organizational diseases, such as double talk, double think, Abilene Paradox, lack of collaboration, lack of innovation, focus on performance evaluations, and examines whether they exist in the company, a large nonprofit organization in the US. The authors then suggest recommendations for improvement to upper management.

Author Biographies

Saumya Pradhan

School of Business and Public Administration, University of the District of Columbia, USA

Sergey Ivanov, Ph.D

School of Business and Public Administration, University of the District of Columbia, USA

Published

2017-06-15

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