One of the main focus points from the reading was that a business must make sure that it evolves to match or influence the future external environment. Many companies fail to do this and stagnate because they become too comfortable functioning under their existing operating conditions. While this doesn’t particularly relate the Mikes Bikes simulation, I do acknowledge the meaning behind the concept (Greiner, 1972). As a team we must ensure we do not fall behind, or get caught up in the same weekly routine. To ensure that we don’t do this we must continue to look for new ways to improve our business, while also keeping an eye on the movements of our opposition. This can easily be done, by vigilantly analyzing our report to find any patterns of areas of note that will impact the team’s future direction. A few weeks ago our team may have been guilty of neglecting this concept, which resulted in over spending in certain areas. We have since identified this as a potential problem and have managed to resolve many of the issues facing our team.
This week’s readings also identified five factors that represent a model of organization development. These five factors are- 1. Age of the organization, 2. Size of the organization, 3. Stages of evolution, 4. Stages of revolution, 5. Growth rate of the industry (Greiner, 1972). While 3 and 4 are somewhat discussed above, personally I see 2 and 5 as the most important aspects leading to success in the Mikes Bikes simulation. Age of organization clearly has no effect in our case due to the nature of the course. I have identified 2 and 5 as important because it is easy to establish their direct impact on overall performance. Firstly the size of the organization is a crucial part of future success. This is because I fell like at a certain point within the course, groups were too large or small that they no longer became viable competition. This perhaps indicates that establishing a strong presence early on was the key to future domination. The world that the company operated in also restricted future success, as it was difficult to compete with teams from other worlds when the team’s current conditions were more challenging. This is why it is important as a business to analyze this development model, to ensure the company remains competitive in the long run.
Greiner, L. E. (1972). Evolution and revolution as organizations grow. Harvard Business Review, 50(4), 37—46.