Organisational Identity LO11478
Tue, 17 Dec 1996 15:07:18 -0500

Replying to LO11440 --

In a message dated 96-12-16 23:07:23 EST, (Bob
Williams) writes:

" I can think of a number of organisations where the
individuals have great purpose, and these purposes may even be the same
(eg to make the organisation be really effective and efficient). Yet from
an observer's point of view the organisation does not display that
purpose, and indeed appears to be pursuing goals which none of the
participants seek. "

Dear Group:

It may be useful here to make a distinction between known and
unknown goals. I like to consider individuals and organizations as
motivated by purposeful goals where these are known and stated. However,
often the most powerful motivating goals for individuals and organizations
are the unknown goals which I consider to be the purposive ones. This
distinction also explains Bob Williams' observation that organizations
often state one purpose but behave, objectively, as if they are following

David L. Hanson, Ph.D.
Synergistic Psychology Associates, P.A.
Suite 204 Cameron-Brown Building
310 South McDowell Street
Charlotte, NC 28204
Author of the GEMA-Leadership Development 360 Degree instrument
"Contribution Beyond Self-interest"


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