Case Studies for Church Planters – Managerial Sensemaking

October 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

Church planters should continue be helping their flock work through mixed emotions and seeming paradoxes.  Paradoxes involving addressing conflicts or moving forward with the work, directing versus letting partners gain experience, managing or letting others manage, expression versus silence, talk or wait for others to take initiative, unity in teams vs member differences, and change vs stability, anticipating the new vs mourning the old.  This article gives a great example of how one company used managerial sensemaking to work through paradox.

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE AND MANAGERIAL SENSEMAKING: WORKING THROUGH PARADOX
LOTTE S. LUSCHER
Clavis Consultancy
MARIANNE W. LEWIS
University of Cincinnati

As change becomes a constant in organizational life, middle managers charged with interpreting, communicating, and implementing change often struggle for meaning. To explore change and managerial sensemaking, we conducted action research at the Danish Lego Company. Although largely absent from mainstream journals, action research offers exceptional access to and support of organizational sensemaking. Through collaborative intervention and reflection, we sought to help managers make sense of issues surfaced by a major restructuring. Results transform paradox from a label to a lens, contributing a process for working through paradox and explicating three organizational change aspects—paradoxes of performing, belonging, and organizing.

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Case Studies for Church Planters – Cross-Understanding

October 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

The purity and the unity of the church are two important concepts a church planter needs to be aware of as they gather a group of people that is going to bond together to form a “church”.  Corporate solidarity is a term used for the mindset of the people of Israel concerning the oscillation and reciprocity between the individual and the group.  Jesus’ ministry on earth was a great example of this corporate solidarity.  I find this article on cross-understanding to be of great benefit particularly to pastors attempting to bring people of diverse backgrounds together to live out the Gospel as a missional community.

CROSS-UNDERSTANDING: IMPLICATIONS FOR GROUP COGNITION AND PERFORMANCE
GEORGE P. HUBER
KYLE LEWIS
University of Texas at Austin

In this paper we articulate the cross-understanding construct, a group-level compositional construct having as its components each group member’s understanding of each other member’s mental model. We describe how the cross-understanding construct explains particular inconsistencies in the groups literature, how it provides explanations for specific group outcomes and processes beyond the explanations currently in the literature, and how different levels and different distributions of cross-understanding affect group performance and learning.

Cross-Understanding. Implications for Group Cognition and Performance

Case Studies for Church Planters – Coping with Discontinuous Change

August 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Helping people cope with change and move through change successfully is a key success factor for church planters.  I find the following article to be a great benefit as it demonstrates how newspaper companies dealt with the dramatic changes facing the industry.  I think planters being sent out from existing churches or with a core coming from a more traditional background will find this article most useful.

UNBUNDLING THE STRUCTURE OF INERTIA: RESOURCE VERSUS ROUTINE RIGIDITY
CLARK G. GILBERT
Harvard University

I work to unbundle the structure of inertia into two distinct categories: resource rigidity (failure to change resource investment patterns) and routine rigidity (failure to change organizational processes that use those resources). Given discontinuous change, a researcher’s failure to recognize these distinctions can generate conflicting findings regarding effects of threat perception on inertia. Using field data on the response of newspaper organizations to the rise of digital media, I show that a strong perception of threat helps overcome resource rigidity but simultaneously amplifies routine rigidity. I develop an interpretive model exploring mechanisms for overcoming these divergent behaviors.

Gilbert, C.G. 2005. Unbundling the structure of inertia Resource versus routinerigidity. Academy of Management Journal

Case Studies for Church Planters – Intense Work Groups

August 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Working successfully as a team is very important for church planters and I really think the article below demonstrates a great example of how to be successful working in intense teams.   Assembling a core team is intense, finding the right leaders to move forward involves learning how balance tensions while understanding there are no easy solutions.

THE DYNAMICS OF INTENSE WORK GROUPS: A STUDY OF BRITISH STRING QUARTETS
J. KEITH MURNIGHAN
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
DONALD E. CONLON
University of Delaware

This paper focuses on the relationship between the internal dynamics and success of a population of intense work groups, professional string quartets in Great Britain. We observed three basic paradoxes: leadership versus democracy, the paradox of the second violinist, and confrontation versus compromise. The central findings indicate that the mare successful quartets recognized but did not openly discuss the paradoxes. Instead, they managed these inherent contradictions implicitly and did not try to resolve them. The discussion addresses the study of intense work groups, the forces that drive these paradoxes, and potential applications to other organizational.

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Case Studies for Church Planters – Self-Managing Teams

August 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

This series will be some articles I’d suggest for church planters to read about organizations.  This first article is a classic and focuses on hierarchy, control and institutionalization.  The battle against institutionalization is ongoing and even if your successful in breaking down barriers and achieving organizational change there will always be a tendency for institutional practices to crop back up potentially even stronger.

TIGHTENING THE IRON CAGE: CONCERTIVE CONTROL IN SELF-MANAGING TEAMS
JAMES R. BARKER
Marquette University

In this paper, I provide an ethnographic account of how an organization’s control system evolved in response to a managerial change from hierarchical, bureaucratic control to concertive control in the form of self-managing teams. The study investigates how the organization’s members developed a system of value-based normative rules that controlled their actions more powerfully and completely than the former system. I describe the organization and its members and provide a detailed account of the dynamics that emerged as concertive control became manifest through the members’ interactions. This account depicts how concertive control evolved from the value consensus of the company’s team workers to a system of normative rules that became increasingly rationalized. Contrary to some proponents of such systems, concertive control did not free these workers from Weber’s iron cage of rational control. Instead, the concertive system, as it became manifest in this case, appeared to draw the iron cage tighter and to constrain the organization’s members more powerfully.

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