Category Archives: Week in Public Organizations

Week in Public Organizations, 17Aug2009


Quiet week last week here on the blog.  The move is taking a lot of attention.

Differential diagnosis, positive coups, unpacking health care, neutered oversight, and a refreshing view from Netflix.  I’m going to need an MRI and a tox screen:

Dr. House and the organizational DDx
Collier sees the upside in political coups
Klein: “what is health care” ?
Metro policed by impotent committee
Simmons features Netflix workplace values

Week in Public Organizations, 10Aug2009


Nuclear deterrence, scoring the game, postal culture, this isn’t Spinal Tap, and a different kind of recruitment.  These were some of the organizationally interesting stories last week:

Pollack rethinks deterrence theory
Baseball and the balanced scorecard
USPS faces huge challenges–again.
Toyota recovers from a rock-n-roll hangover
US Army targets leaders in recruitment push

Week in Public Organizations, 3Aug2009


I’m surprised at the lack of blowback from American Apparel’s decision to sack its uglier employees.  Would there be more outrage if Wal-Mart did the same?

More al Qaeda orgporn, comprehensive climate and energy policy, improving intel, Wall Street and government, sprucing up around the store, and drugs.  These were some of the stories ripped from the headlines in the past week:

New information on al Qaeda org structure
Small green wins should lead to broader policy
CIA program investigation offers learning opportunity
Hanlon’s razor and the PBGC scandal
American Apparel to dismiss ugly employees
Grim views on unintended consequences in drug laws

Week in Public Organizations, 27Jul2009


The intractable dilemma of health care reform, open-book management success on aisle 2, reforming the federal hiring process, convincing me to buy a Kindle, convincing me to buy shoes, org forms built on trust, prettier IT Capital Planning, lost laptops, and team-based anarchy.  These were a few of the hot stories last week:

Health care reform is an organizational change challenge
Grocer engages employees through open-book management
Federal hiring process the target of much-needed reform
Bezos sets example with Kindle mea culpa
Zappos puts its culture first
Organizational forms relate to trust, rule of law
IT Capital Planning gets a facelift
State bungles simple inventory process
Teams experiment with anarchy

Week in Public Organizations, 20Jul2009


Haven’t been doing these lately as life has intervened on the personal level.  I’d like to get back to it, though.  The recaps are like those “Lost” specials that try to give you four seasons in 42 minutes.

Groupthink and torture, future hiring trends, what happens in the CIA stays in the CIA, radar love, networked innovation, pessimistic entrepreneurs, Congress snoops the snoops, and social capital in Ukraine.  These were some stories that caught my attention in recent days.

Groupthink and the selection of interrogation techniques
Employers’ choices now may have downstream consequences
CIA notification policy subject of probe
Using radar expands the idea horizon
Networked innovation requires a shift in thinking
Entrepreneurial success negatively correlated with optimism
Congressional probe offers clarity on CIA rules
Gorbis’ reflections on Soviet childhood and social capital

Week in Public Organizations, 29Jun2009


Fairly quiet week last week (or maybe it was just me–or certain pop stars, sex symbols, and TV pitchmen).  Anyway, regulation and distrust, bureaucracy in the Metro crash, Fed hides the juice from SEC, the on-again off-again revolution in Iran, and using chopper drones to nab pirates; these are a few of the stories that splattered against the windshield last week:

Study: regulation correlated with distrust
Metro crash victims face bureaucracy
Fed fools SEC in banks’ shotgun wedding
Parsing the predicted revolution
Chopper drone hunts pirates

Week in Public Organizations, 22Jun2009


Health care conundrums, Twitter entrapment, birthdays, the ongoing battle between econ and soc, new regulatory orgs, questioning the tipping point, the limits of collaboration, and torture shrinks.  These were some of the better stories from last week:

Safford on sustainability in health care
Can tweets be used for entrapment?
PublicOrgTheory’s 5th birthday
King revisits econ-soc paper
Department of Financial Security not a stretch after all
Easterly challenges Schelling tipping point model
Haque discusses the limits of collaboration
CIA dumps torture shrinks