Charles Handy: Philosopher of Organizations
Charles Handy has been the source of a stream of ideas about organizations. We have four other videos about Handy’s individual ideas. This one draws them together.
Charles Handy’s Gods of Management https://youtu.be/yClxu7dzmB4
Charles Handy’s Shamrock Organization https://youtu.be/dGGKT0Mr_HA
Charles Handy’s Federal Organization Model https://youtu.be/69AYxCvT7m4
Charles Handy’s Triple-I Company https://youtu.be/gFRXiMkIg6k
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The Nature of Organizations
This video is part of course module number 6.1.5
Program 6: Managing within Organizations
Course 1: The Nature of Organizations
Section 5: Masters of Organizations
Other videos in this section include:
🎬 Max Weber: The Father of Organizational Theory https://youtu.be/dAsiS_ignIQ
🎬 Chester Barnard: Organizations as Networks of People https://youtu.be/UVi5iI6N8UM
🎬 Harold Geneen: Data-driven Charismatic Organization https://youtu.be/QrF82M9aVQc
🎬 Edgar Schein: The Master of Organizational Culture https://youtu.be/TMqTN4fGb1k
🎬 Kim Cameron: Positive Organizational Scholarship https://youtu.be/N2QxvQ5t2Lo
Charles Handy has barely let up with a stream of new books with new and interesting ideas. Among them are ideas about which we also have full videos.
The Gods of Management
Handy perceived that organizational cultures can be classified into four broad types, according to how formal their structure is, and how centralised power is, within them. He drew the analogy with the characters of four of the Olympian gods, from Greek mythology.
Do take a look at our video: https://youtu.be/yClxu7dzmB4
The Shamrock Organization
In the The Age of Unreason (https://geni.us/jSOu), Handy gave an organizational model with three leaves. But now, four seems to be a fuller model:
• a professional core of managers, experts, vital administrative and support staff, and a minimum of specialists. They define the core competence of the business, and manage its infrastructure.
Everything else is provided by contracted workers:
• outsourced services from specialist providers
• contracted independent professionals with specialized skills
• a flexible, lower-paid workforce that can be brought in on short contracts and day-rates.
Do take a look at our video: https://youtu.be/dGGKT0Mr_HA
The Federal Organisation
In Handy’s Federal Organisation, we find a tiny core business, managing a large number of independent businesses, all of whom have complete autonomy to manage their affairs, and succeed on their own terms.
Do take a look at our video: https://youtu.be/69AYxCvT7m4
The Triple-I Company
The rise of software companies, web-based news aggregators, digital information providers, and the high-tech consultancies that serve them, offers ample evidence of the prescience of Handy’s third kind of new organization: one that capitalizes, above all, on:
• Intelligence – intellect
• Information – data
• Ideas – creativity
Do take a look at our video: https://youtu.be/gFRXiMkIg6k
There is little in the world of modern organizational studies that Handy has not contributed to. Yet, astonishingly, his thinking spreads still further. All managers need to be aware of Charles Handy.
Take a look at the four videos that will give you the details of Charles Handy’s four models of organizations. Then assess how your organization compares to these models. Which type of structure do you think would best suit a successful organization in your industry sector? (4 MC CPD Points)
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Four books by Charles Handy
– Gods of Management: The Four Cultures of Leadership https://geni.us/bpPeC5
– Understanding Organizations https://geni.us/oB774Do
– The Age of Unreason https://geni.us/jSOu
– Inside Organizations: 21 Ideas for Managers https://geni.us/YwwL
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