Culture, Org and Technology
Culture, Org and Technology PUBP 503
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PUBP 503 Exam Question Pool Prof Todd M La Porte The exam will have two parts A and B The questions on this list are potential questions for part A Part B will have questions not on this list You will answer one of two questions from each part The exam will be takehome open notes and study materials You will download from Blackboard the exam questions on the day of the nal exam when you sit down to write You can take the exam any time you like during the exam period allowing approximately 3 hours from start to nish Indicate when you started and nished Nonnative English speakers and those with disabilities may take additional time please contact me about this You may prepare for the exam in study groups but the exam itself must be your own work Answers that show mastery of ideas thoughtful discussion synthetic analysis and explicit reference to readings will receive better grades than answers lacking these qualities 1 Scale complexity uncertainty turbulence vulnerability these terms are said to characterize the modern condition Rationalization control ef ciency coordination are also key characteristics of modernity Using readings and ideas from our class discussions describe what is meant by these concepts how they relate to one another and what their implications might be for individuals organization managers and political leaders N Why do some people argue that technologies have a dark side while others emphasize technologies bright promise Why might or might not these views be reasonable Ifyou think they are reasonable what could be done to lessen the problems associated with technologies Ifnot why do you think the issue affects some people so much and what could be done to allay their concerns E Is democratic control of technology possible Why or why not 4 Discuss the origins and political implications of contemporary practices of mass communications and illustrate your answer with examples How does the use of language and images by organized interests in public life relate to values politics and policy In a democratic society should we or should we not be worried about the misuse of media V39 Technological change rapid evolution of external economic or political environments and increasing internal complexity all challenge organizations in their daytoday operations and in their efforts to plan for the future What kinds of strategies can organization leaders use to respond What are some of the pitfalls of organizational life that wise leaders should be aware of 0 As organizational tasks technologies and environments have become more uncertain complex and interdependent organizations have had been confronted with pressure to adapt Yet there is reason to doubt the future tness of organizations to cope with accelerating