Dialectical Organization

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  • This idea emanates from the concept of the process that the social world is in a continual state of becoming. This view evolved as the antithesis to the bureaucracy. In a dialectical organi zation, communication is more horizontal and upward than in a bureaucracy, where communication is vertical and downward. Dialectical organizations are goal oriented and use available means to reach goals. These organizations are flexible and charismatic. Clients are seen as equal to or superior to the organization, and the organization seeks to make the system responsive to the needs of its clients. The major features of a dialectical organization—goals, hierarchies, technology, informal relations, and so on—are functions of social construction.

    Dialectical organizations are oriented to change. Rather than being a fixed entity, which characterizes ...

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