OM8010 Principles of Organization Theory and Practice
March 17, 2011
The modernism and post modernism perspectives are beneficial in the successful operation of Wal-Mart stores. Wal-Mart is one of the most successful organizations with stores foreign and domestic making significant profits. Further, Wal-Mart applies both of the organizational perspectives for their advantages in areas such as power, structure, and technology. In addition, Wal-Mart utilizes modernism in the companies culture, roles, goals, ability to change, and conflict management. The two perspectives can are necessary for a company to become competitive in the retail markets. Thus, the evidence concludes that the postmodernism is more effective for organizational development of the two, for various kinds of business developments. Finally, Wal-Mart practices the modernism and post modernism perspective to have a competitive advantage.
The modernism and post modernism perspectives are beneficial in the successful operation of Wal-Mart retail stores. Wal-Mart is one of the most successful companies with stores located both foreign and domestic accumulating significant profits. Furthermore, Wal-Mart utilizes both of the organizational perspectives for their advantages in areas such as power, structure, and technology. In addition, Wal-Mart practices modernism and postmodernism in the companies culture, roles, goals, ability to change, and conflict management. The two organizational approaches are necessary for a company to become competitive in the retail markets. Thus, the evidence suggest that the postmodernism is more effective for organizational development of the two, for various types of business structures. Finally, Wal-Mart practices the modernism and post modernism perspective for a competitive advantage. Furthermore, the practice of successful modernism and postmodernism perspectives has caused Wal-Mart to become a retail leader. The modernism and post modernism applies strategies that has allowed the company to surpass their competition. Wal-Mart has gained substantial revenue within the recession to compensate their workers. In reference to Bruitt (2009) “Wal-Mart had record sales in the fourth quarter, boosting revenue in the year through January by 7.2 per cent to $401.2 billion. Wal-Mart announced the funds after its labor practices have come under scrutiny in recent years”(p.14). Unfortunately, when most companies have a lack of porfits during the recession Wal-Mart continues to increase financialy. The methods that are implemented in Wal-Marts success are beneficial for most retail operations to gain profits. According to Bahndari (2010) “Wal-Mart followed two important guidelines, among others, while going global. First, that the foreign country where it would like to establish its stores-should be closer to the the U.S. Secondly, this county should have a larger consumer base. “With those strategic guidelines” (p.79). Therefore,organizations will have to be competitive to compete in the same market. The relationship to Walt-Marts success is influenced through there ability to succeeded in multiple cities in large and small markets. Almost all of Walt-Mart stores in the U.S. are made identical. In reference to Hatch and Cunliffe (2006) “Modernist claim that “I saw( heard, smelled, tasted, or touched) my data, and you can confirm them for yourself by replicating my procedures” (p.15). Therefore, the replicating process has caused Wal-Mart to develop stores similar leading to the same results. In addition, the relation to the Postmodernism and Wal-Marts organizational theoretical concepts are among power. The authors Hatch and Cunliffe (2006) “Many Postmodernist concepts commit themselves to uncovering and challenging all forms power (including...
References: Dawson, J. (2006). The Role of Information Technology Project Management in
Managing the Preparation of Sabanes-Oxely Assessments from the
Bhandari, N. (2010). Wal-Mart is coming to India-Case. Journal of the International Academy
for Case Studies, 16 (4), 79
Edosomwan, J. (2006). Leading Transformation. Leadership Excellence, 26 (9), 13.
Retrieved March 4, 2011, from Pro-Quest Direct database.
Elders, P & Elder, L. (2008). The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and
Tools: The Foundation for Critical Thinking
and alliances to overcome constraint to rapid internalization. Journal of International
Marketing, 15 (4), Retrieved March 17, 2011.
Geisen, E. Riddelberger, E. Christerner, R. & Bell, R. (2010). When to innovate your business.
Model Strategy & Leadership, 38 (4), 17. Retrieved March 17, 2011, from Pro-Quest Direct
Gerard, S. Ree M, M. & Gero, K.(1997). The effects of task importance and publicness
on the relation between goal difficulty and performance
Behavioral Sciences, 29 (1), 54. Retrieved March 17, 2011, from Pro-Quest Direct
Guzman, C. & Brown, A (1987). Empowering Employees. Training and Development
Journal, 41(4), 34
Harrison, D. Price, K. & Bell, M. (1998). Beyond relational demography: time and
the effects of surface-and deep level diversity on work group cohesion
Academy of Management Journal, 41(1), 96-107. Retrieved March 17,
2011, from EBSCO host Direct database.
Hatch, M. Cunliffe, A. (2006). Organization Theory: modern, symbolic, postmodern perspectives.
Iman, S. L, Bays, & Mason, C. (2003). An empirical study of innate consumer innovativeness
personal characteristics, and new-product adoption behavior
Science Journal, 31 (1), 61. Retrieved March 17, 2011 from Pro-Quest Direct database.
Liccione, W. (2007). A Framework for compensations plans with incentive value.
Performance Improvement, 46 (2), 16. Retrieved March 17, 2011, from Pro-Quest
Peter, B. (1987). Empowering Employees. Training and Development Journal, 41 (4),
Urli, B & Urli, D. (2000). Project Management in North America: Stability of the
Concepts. Project Management Journal, 33-43. Retrieved March 17,
2011, from Pro-Quest Direct database.
Raz, T. & Micheal E. (2001). Use and Benefits of tools for project risk management. International
Journal of Management, 19 (9) 27
Simarsarian Webber, S. & Donahue, I. (2001). Impact of highly and less job-related
Spizer, I. (2006). Walt-mart Training Goes Into Wholesale Overhaul. Workforce Management, 30.
Retrieved March 17, 2011, from Pro-Quest Direct database.
Retrieved March 17, 2011 from Pro-Quest Direct database.
Theobald, D. (2009). Attack of the merit-pay zombie. ATA News, 43 (9), 2. Retrieved
March 17, 2011, Retrievd from Pro-Quest Direct databse.
Webber, S. & Donahue, I. (2001). Impact of highly and less job-related diversity
on work group cohesion and performance: A meta-analysis
(27), 141-162. Retrieved March 17, 2011, from Pro-Quest Direct database.
Please join StudyMode to read the full document