Dynastic Cycle: A Resource Allocation Theme for Addressing Dissent in Universities
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Department of Social Science and Policy Studies Working Papers No. 2014-006
59 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2014
Date Written: March 18, 2014
This paper utilizes the dynastic cycle framework proposed in (K. Saeed & Pavlov, 2008) to explain the role of dissent in universities. By combining the dissent expression framework (Kassing, 2011) and the dynastic cycle structure, we construct a generic model for dissent in organizations. The work is rooted in the literature of organizational communication, research and development, and higher education management. Using system dynamics methodology, we illustrate the dynamic interaction of composition, climate, and performance to simulate and explain how organizations evolve with regard to dissent. This model provides a platform for experimentation with different policy scenarios focusing on growth and productivity. The research suggests that as universities attempt to improve their performance through growth, despite initial short-term performance improvements, they are likely to devolve into low performance institutions with degraded management responsiveness and organizational productivity. Regardless of having high dissent tolerance, they could become dominated by high control and silence climates. When organizations invest in cultivating a dissent aware climate, and strive to improve their dissent processing capability, we suggest that the university and its members will be more productive and engaged.
Keywords: organizational behavior, organizational communication, voice, silence, collegial systems, higher education management, research and development, system dynamics, computer simulation, governance.
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