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Technology: Adapting to a Changing Environment

 

Subject: Technology, Risk, Change, Downsizing, Adaptation, Competition, Max Weber, Innovation


 

As jobs today are being transformed because of technology, why are individuals having a difficult time finding good paying jobs?  Well the answer can be quite convoluted given today's changing market environment.  Nonetheless, here are some RANDOM thoughts on how technology, along with innovation, drives the uncertainty and anxiety many feel today with regard to job security.
 

Rightsizing

One of the most popular, if not repugnant, terms that echoes throughout the hallowed halls of corporate America is ‘downsizing’. Or, to be politically correct, ‘rightsizing’. As jobs began to disappear in the early 80s, affecting especially middle management, the idea of job security was shaken at its very foundation.

 

Although many social and economic forces contributed to this eventuality, technology was the favorite whipping post (second to corporate executive high salaries) for the guardians of the status quo. And just as the middle class is being shifted, either downward or upward, so is middle management. The direction of the shift is dependent, not only managerial ability, but also with the technical competencies and adaptability required to do and support these new jobs.
 

Technology: the method used to transform organization inputs into outputs. The knowledge, tools, techniques and actions applied to change raw materials into finished goods and services.
 

Hellriegel/Slocum, Management

Effects of Technology
As technology reshapes the boundaries of responsibility and the flow of information, each company will seek to find ways to exploit it. Similar to Joan Woodward’s pioneering study in developing the contingency viewpoint, firms are choosing an organizational design that complements its technology. According to Woodward, companies will be more likely to succeed than a firm choosing a design that doesn’t fit its technology.

 

This can be said is true of the individual as well. These realignments in the process and information is the direct result of implementing new technologies to remain competitive. As technology continues its rapid penetration into our lives, professional and private, it is becoming apparent that those who choose not to embrace it are only hurting themselves.  As one article pointed out, “the economy is creating millions of new ones (jobs) that once we would never have dreamed of. The trouble is: many require skills that most of today’s workers still don’t have.”
 


Weber Again ?!
One interesting parallel that can be drawn between the industrial age and the information age on how tasks are performed is Max Weber’s division of labor approach. Weber believed in a structured work environment which emphasized specialization/expertise for a given task. As technology become more and more complex, the need to become more specialized in a given field is essential.

 

An employee today can be paid specifically for designing Web sites for different companies who sell their services on-line.  It’s a job that didn’t exist in the industry 10-20 years ago. Designing Web sites is a ‘task’ specific job that requires a good background and understanding of what can be done and what options are available.  To remain competitive on the Web, it is necessary to have the latest state-of-the-art ‘look’ and be able to drive traffic. This requires investing time in finding out what competitors are doing and how to utilize the information off the internet.

Change is Good...Really!
Individual in today’s culture have to learn to accept change as a norm. This is a radical change from the paternalistic approach our fathers expected from companies.  Geert Hofsted, in discussing culture and how value systems change, highlighted two dimensions that apply to the change is attitude towards controlling our own futures: uncertainty avoidance & individualism vs. collectivism.


1) Uncertainty avoidance is the degree to which member of a society attempt to avoid ambiguity, risk and indefiniteness of the future. In culture with high uncertainty avoidance, individuals often try to make the future more predictable by establishing institutions that foster security. In organizations, high uncertainty avoidance is often associated with build-in career stability (job security), number rules governing behavior, intolerance of deviant ideas and behavior, belief in absolute truths and over-reliance on expertise.

2) Individualism, is the degree to which society expects people to take care of themselves and their immediate families and the degree to which individual believe they are masters of their own destiny. A strong sense of individualism supports and maintains a free and competitive (market-base) economic system. The opposite: collectivism, refers to a tight social framework in which group members focus on the common welfare and feel strong loyalty towards one another.



We live in a hyper-competitive market where innovation is required in order to maintain market share or dominance. 

“For virtually all competitors their critical environment constraint is their action in relation to competitors. Therefore, any change in the environment that affects any competitor will have consequences that require some degree of adaptation. This requires continual change and adaptation by all competitors merely to maintain relative position.”
 

Bruce Henderson, Boston Consulting Group.
Hellriegel/Slocum, Management

Individuals are being tasked to be more individualistic, more independent in their thinking but at the same time they are being asked to work within a framework of a team (collective).  This push-and-pull tension between acting independently or collectively defines a company.  To what degree employees in a company reside on the axis between individualism and collectivism, risk and security, clarity and ambiguity will determine to what degree a company will be able to continue to innovate and create.


 

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Victor Antonio G., one of America's top business motivational speaker and author of “The LOGIC of Success”.  For more info go to:

 

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Motivational Speaker Articles

Ode to Og Mandino

Leadership-Time Management

Stupid People Poem

Christmas Story: Misfits

Leadership-Winning Mindset

Sales-Prime Contractor

Netflix-Blockbuster Competition

Sales Training Bob

Cash Money Tree

Leadership & Trust

Management Style

Your Capacity for Success

Create Cash Flow-Equity

Pay for Performance

Road Trip to Success

The Good Life

Power Shift-Toffler

Incentive Programs

Compromise Poem

Business and Ladders

Speaker on Vanity

Leadership Style - Skill

Selling Through Channels

Consequences

Exploiter Poem

Keynote on Revenge

Motivation and Money

Computer Poem

Selling & Optimism

Speaking of Action

Keynote on Greatness

Essay on Equality

Torpedoing Success

Consumer Motivation

Creative Destruction

Motivation and Selling

The Success Matrix

Squirrel Wins - Focus

Why Take Action

Latino Market Growth

Motivational Failure

Speaking of Talent

Speaker Success Poem

Selling Without Wires

Sales Storage Evolution

Acres of Diamonds

Motivational Principle

Professional Public Speaking

Diversity & Multicultural

Sales Ethics-To Tell

Monopoly of Ideas

Self-Esteem Motivational

Employee Recognition

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Cold Calling CEOs

Reality is Plastic Poem

Life Coach - What a Joke

Innovation and Technology


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