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Contingency Theory; Is It Valid?

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Structural contingency theory has been the dominant perspective in organisation studies since the 1950's. This paper aims to highlight the essential aspects of the criticism of the structural contingency theory by feminist theories. Organisations are generally defined as social entities composed of people with knowledge, skill and experience to reach a well-defined objective. It is supposed that the objective leads to the production of core values that meet certain social needs and wants. However, one cannot think of any group of people with a purpose as an organisation. There have to be well-defined rules and procedures, ...
in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task." Definitions more inclusive of followers have also emerged. Alan Keith of Genentech stated that, "Leadership is ultimately about creating a way for people to contribute to making something extraordinary happen." Tom DeMarco says that leadership needs to be distinguished from posturing. Leadership remains one of the most relevant aspects of the organizational context. However, defining leadership has been challenging and definitions can vary depending on the situation. According to Ann Marie E. McSwain , Assistant ...
UnderstandingSociety: Social theory and the empirical social world
How can general, high-level social theory help us to better understand particular historically situated social realities? Is it helpful or insightful to "bring Weber's theory of religion to bear on Islam in Java" or to "apply Marx's theory of capitalism to the U.S. factory system in the 1950s"? Is there any real knowledge to be gained by applying theory to a set of empirical circumstances? In the natural sciences this intellectual method is certainly a valid and insightful one. We gain knowledge when we apply the theory of fluid dynamics to the situation of air flowing across a wing, or when we ... market research, surveys and trends
Transcendental Argument for God's Existence - From Logic - Rusty Lime
This is the condenced version of what has come to be known as the Transcendental argument for the existence of God (best articulated by Cornelius Van Til and his students such as Greg Bahnsen, John Frame, Scott Oliphint, and others). It argues that God's existence is proveable due to the impossibility of the contrary. If God did not exist then logical absolutes would not exist. Like the Transcendental argument from morality, this looks at an objective reality in our own universe that we all recognize as fundamental and shows that God is only possible valid explanation for such a reality - that it is only possible in a ... market research, surveys and trends

CONTINGENCY THEORY; IS IT VALID? - Mohawk Industries Settles Class Action for $18 Million
After six years of intense and complex litigation, Mohawk Industries and employees who claimed the carpet maker had depressed wages by hiring undocumented workers have agreed to settle for $18 million. Judge Harold W. Murphy of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in Rome granted the parties' motion to preliminarily approve the settlement and certify the class on Monday afternoon. "We've been up and down the appellate system, and we thought it was a good time to settle," said Juan P. Morillo, a partner at Clifford Chance in Washington, D.C., who represented Mohawk. He said that after several ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Successful IS Project Leaders: A Situational Theory Perspective.
whether, in fact, this assumption is totally valid. Smith (1999) and Thite (2000 ) argue that ... contingency or situational theories. These .... between £25000 to £1.5 million, with an ... fifteen percent. It was not possible to examine ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Bell, Rosenberg & Hughes, Roland Nikles, Anthony L. Critchlow; Jenkins Goodman Neuman & Hamilton, Michael L. Marx for Plaintiff and Appellant. Bien & Summers, Elliot L. Bien and Amy E. Margolin for Defendant and Appellant. BRUINIERS, J. The Ratcliff Architects (Ratcliff) provided design services under contract with the County of San Mateo (the County) for a hospital renovation and expansion project. Ratcliff subcontracted with Ted Jacob Engineering Group, Inc. (TJEG) for mechanical and electrical engineering services. The scope of the project increased over time. TJEG submitted claims for additional fees based on the increased ... market trends, news research and surveys resources
JOHN A. MALACK; MICHAEL R. ROSATI; VIRGIL MAGNON; S. S. RAJARAM, M.D.; HAYWARD PEDIATRICS, INC.; HENRY MUNSTER, Appellants, v. BDO SEIDMAN, LLP. No. 09-4475. United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit. Argued: June 23, 2010. Filed: August 16, 2010. Todd S. Collins (argued), Elizabeth W. Fox, Neil F. Mara, Berger & Montague, 1622 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, Counsel for Appellants. Jacob A. Goldberg, Faruqi & Faruqi, 101 Greenwood Avenue, Suite 600, Jenkintown, PA 19046, Counsel for Appellants. Kurt B. Olsen, Klaftner, Olsen & Lessner, 1250 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20035, Counsel for ... market trends, news research and surveys resources


A Contingency Theory of Leadership by Jay Lorsch Executive Summary ...
Lorsch asserts that a contingency approach to leadership theory is first ... builds upon this argument with the assertion that any valid explanation of behavior in ... task more difficult due to the greater separation it entails between ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
This chapter reviewed some of the ways in which interpersonal and small-group variables may affect crew performance and the quality of life in space. A central theme in the literature has been choosing as crewmembers people who are compatible in the sense that their abilities, interests, and motives prompt them to act in ways which other crewmembers consider desirable and appropriate Almost nothing is known about all-female or mixed-sex groups operating under conditions of isolation, confinement, and risk. On the one hand, mixed-sex crews offer social diversity; on the other hand, sex-role stereotypes and negative ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
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WikiAnswers - Is there any logical proof that God exists
If logical proof is to be found for the existence of God, it must be found in the Bible. The Bible does report ancient Hebrew people actually seeing God. If those reports could be verified, they would be prima facie evidence of the existence of God. However, the reports were written centuries after the supposed events and could be considered to be coloured by legend and conviction. Objectively, reports at such a distance in time are no more reliable than a twenty-first century belief that only King Arthur of medieval times could pull the sword from a rock. Moreover, biblical accounts of the prophets' personal acquaintances ...
Continents for dummies | Ask MetaFilter
which made sloppy assertions about the nature of modern analytic and continental philosophy. This article only further confirms the sense I have that these two "schools" (if they can be called that) have a lot of very fundamental differences. Unfortunately, I don't have the first clue about what those differences are. I figure that the best way to figure them out is to go to the soure of the divide. Basically, my question is whether or not there is a central thinker whose ideas/style continental philosophers rely on which differentiates them from the analytic sort. From the few precis I've read, many continental ...