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Introduction to Organisational Theory

By The Cove May 16, 2019


Why Organisational Theory? At the #BreakIn we like to introduce some of our more complex theories with an 'Introductory' article or two.  Here we take a first look at 'Organisational Theory'.  Alongside 'Military History', this forms one of the seven pillars of the Ryan Review's view of the Profession of Arms. We believe that becoming a master of 'Military History and Organisational Theory' is a vital part of becoming a master of the Profession.  Almost all of us have a good understanding of why the study of military history might be crucially important to our development as leaders, but few would have the same sense of importance when it comes to organisational theory.

Organisational theory involves the study of how organisations work.  It allows us to identify proven methods and structures that help gain efficiency and productivity, solve problems faced by the organisation, and meet the standards expected of them by various stakeholders. Once this information is gathered, organisational theory seeks to formulate standardised theories of how organisations function best.  In many ways, the Army is an organisation like any other - slave to a series of bureaucratic influences that you need to understand if you want to leverage them.

This article by Dr David S. Walonick via StatPac provides us with a really good introduction to various organisational theories so that we can develop a baseline understanding of this key focus area.  It's pretty dry, but the best way to approach it is to split it into chunks and examine each theory in it's own terms.  It should give you enough of a start point to then delve deeper into our 'Management' sub-theme, using the filters on the #breakin page.



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The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.

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