Interesting quote on the differing views of people in organisational hierarchies

by Lee on October 25, 2011

Weick (1995, p.53), in his section on extracted cues, quotes Starbuck and Milliken (1988) on the different views of people located at different levels in a hierarchy:

People with expertise in newer tasks tend to appear at the bottoms of hierarchies and to interpret events in terms of these newer tasks and they welcome changes that will offer them promotion opportunities and bring their expertise to the fore. Conversely, people at the tops of organizational hierarchies tend to have expertise related to older and more stable tasks, and they favor strategies and personnel assignments that will keep these tasks central (p.53).

Weick, KE 1995, Sensemaking in organizations, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks

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