The Wild West and the role of organizational design

I have always used stories about the old west with bullets at noon in the middle of nowhere. Some old western cities would start, grow and die in a very short period of time. These types of towns were called Boom Towns. They would start quickly, bloom and then leave some broken buildings with a tumbleweed blow over another empty ghost town. Other towns would be a boom and continue to grow and allow the farm to grow and spread across borders. Other towns would start slower and grow as needed with new and new ideas to meet their needs. With this combination, America moved west towards what many called obvious fate. Somewhere in these Western towns, anyone had a vision or design for the farm that survived. Many reasons were for starting a farm, but it took the designer to bring the farm to life and innovations to keep them going.

Wild West Organizations

Today's organizations are like the old western town. Some start with a boom and quickly go to their chest. Others come out of the gate and never run back. Many start out little and grow as needed. Somewhere there was some idea and design for the agency to take shape. Here is the key to the role of organizational design in 21st century institutions, a designer, with a plan or idea that predicts the future and returns innovation to accomplish.

To better understand the role of organizational design today, the designer needs to accurately assess the future of the organization and allow innovation to have a free reign to get there. Effective prediction requires a solid understanding of the role and purpose of the organization. Some organizations have flourished for many years as a traditional top-ranking organization, while others have undergone significant new organizational changes. Planning leaders constantly use innovation and predict to develop future plans. In his textbook about the introduction in management, Virginia Tech pointed out Professor Dr. Bernard W. Taylor III is forecast to predict what will happen in the future and many executives today are constantly trying to predict the future to make decisions today that ensures continued success in their organization. The role of organizational design will be important to predict the growth of an organization and allow the necessary innovations to get it.


Today, people expect to be able to work, learn and learn whenever and wherever they want. Life in an increasingly busy world is where people need to balance home, work, school and family demands, which causes many organizational problems in today's society today. Just like the old west, work and study are often two sides of the same coin and people want easy and timely access not only for information they need, but also tools, resources, and instant analysis and comment. This technological need, in addition to increased necessary access to social media and networks, has risen in the field of high expectations. The New Media Consortium (NMC), an international community of technology experts from professionals who work with new technologies every day for exhibitors who shape future learning by pursuing advanced research, highlight the opportunities for informal learning in the modern world is enough, and significantly increased on previous ideas like "just in time" or "found" learning. The world of work is increasingly cooperative, driving changes to the way in which organizations are based. Because employers estimate cooperation as an important skill, silos are both at work and at school abandoned for the benefit of collective intelligence. According to NMC, to facilitate more collaboration and communication technology, organizational projects and applications are more familiar with tools such as wikis, Google Docs, Skype and facilitates shared file locations like Dropbox. Innovation is leading in the future.

The Wild West of Innovation

The Wild West is often considered as a law, unrealistic and without borders. Yet, with this careless and impossible environment, the Wild West was tame. Regent University Professor, Dr. Gary Oster concluded in his book The Light Prize a vision that is unusually tight and even unrealistic – many would say impossible – is the key to producing successful innovation. However, not all plans are expected to lead to innovation. Some plans are simply the boom of the town, waiting to collapse. A forecast should be used in the innovation process to see and build for the future. Ability to see beyond realistic and peer thresholds in the impossible or almost impossible requires leaders to push the edge to see what might be out there. Jay Galbraith, author of Design Association, concludes that leaders today need to be less decision-making and more decision-making that can be achieved through organizational structure. Albert Szent-Györgyi, a young born biochemist who won the Noble award in 1937, said the discovery is to see what everyone has seen and thought of what no one has thought about. Dr. Gary Oster was associated with discovery and innovation by eliminating discovery as ignorant, identifying and recognizing a new concept, asset or truth. However, true entrepreneurs need to look beyond the current age to see what the next age is and then start building the agency towards it. Strategic Authors Dr Cornelius A. de Kluyver and Dr. John A. Pearce II in the Strategy: A View from the Top identified five common characteristics to promote culture of innovation: First, businesses need to be committed to making use of innovation; Second, business needs long-term focus; Third, the company needs a flexible structure; fourth companies need a combination of loose and tight planning and control; Fifth, companies need a system of appropriate incentives.


The planning of the 21st century will require the ability to communicate ideas, knowledge, resources and skills across the organizational, generational and cultural boundaries within and beyond the organization of the system in order to achieve the desired goals. Dr Richard Daft's high-profile author in his textbook Organization Design and Theory asserts that top executives decide at the end of the mission, the agency will seek and determine the direction that will take shape as the organization is designed and managed. The Wild West atmosphere of innovation can be linked with anticipation to tame the landscape planning for the 21st century. Implementing five features Dr. de Kluyver and Dr. Pearce will help companies grow and evolve without becoming another ghost town in heaven.


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