Choose a Concept Od Essay

1642 WordsSep 29, 20137 Pages
The term social construction was introduced into the workplace and was strongly influenced by the work of Alfred Schutz (Association, 1998)... The main idea of The Social Construction of Reality is that people and groups who co-existit in an organization can develop, over time, beliefs or mental perceptions of each other's actions, and that these ideas become adapted into reverse roles (Association, 1998). When workers are exposed to each other and duplicate each action this is called Institutionalism, (Wikipedia: Institutionalism, 2007). Therefore, when reality becomes duplicated it is said to be socially constructed. While in the workplace these duplicated behaviors are seen as social norms, which may vary from person to person based on their values and norms. Applying this concept in my organization of higher learning (University level) will initially produce conflicts, due to the varied background of employees, but hopefully by respecting the norms of each employee the application of this theory can produce a unified and cohesive organization. The main focus of social constructionist is to reveal the methods which individuals and groups contribute in the creation of their apparent social reality (Noe, 2010). My organization, a university, is designed by separate departments that function both autonomous and liberally. Each department has their work culture and sub culture, but ultimately come together for the common goal of the organization. While this process is somewhat effective, the conflict lies when the whole of the organization gathers for brain storming and problem solving situations. Because of separate social constructed relatives, each department brings their own norms. For example in the Registrar’s office employees are not allowed to listen to music while they work, while in the Housing department listening to music is accepted as a normal part

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