Thursday, October 18, 2007

Office Space - Jennifer Medina

How would Bill Lumbergh define organization communication? (Chapter 2)
Bill Lumbergh would define organization communication as information transfer. For example, he would often tell people what he “needed” them to do. Bill needed Peter to come in to work on Saturday and Sunday. Bill needed Milton to move his desk again.

How would Bill Lumbergh define organization and management? (Chapter 3)
Bill Lumbergh would define organization and management as a tightly controlled formal bureaucracy. The structure was in each of the tasks that were assigned to the employees. The employees had to perform their tasks during their allotted time. The employees were also supposed to respect their chain of command.

Peter Gibbons said, “Human beings were not meant to sit in little cubicles staring at computer screens all day, filling out useless forms and listening to eight different bosses drone on about about mission statements.”
In Office Space, the employees are not encouraged to be creative. Instead, they must follow the constraints that have been set by their upper management. This seemed highly repetitive and boring over time. (Chapter 2) Also when Bob and Bob were auditing the employees, they were more concerned about production than they were with human relations. If they would have looked into the human relations aspect, then they would have discovered that having multiple bosses give the same message to the same employee is redundant and ineffective. (Chapter 3)

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