Answer Question One – Many organizations lobby government to pass bills that are favorable for the organization. How might organizational culture influence what type of lobbying an organization engages in?
Answer Question Two – Many organizations give money to various political campaigns and causes. Should this be done even if some organizational members do not agree with or support these campaigns and causes? Why or why not?
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Student one posted- Re: Topic 7 DQ 2
Organizations giving money to political campaigns and causes can be an interesting source of conflict within an organization when not all the members agree with or support these causes. There are many organizations that proudly boast support of one political view, or another, so it can be obvious to members what kind of environment they are going into. Others may be more subtle and quietly supporting a political campaign or cause, or they may decide to support one that has not been formerly supported. While it is up to the leader of the organization, I do not think it is in the best interest of the organization, and their employees, to put forth this support without employee knowledge, understanding and backing, due to the possible rift and incompatibility in organizational goals. The goals of an organization “reflect the specific objectives members are trying to achieve” (Daft, 2016, p. 516). If an organization is supporting political campaigns or causes, this can include a different objective that not all members are working to accomplish. This can cause a lack of motivation, frustration, and a lack of supported workplace identity and culture.ReferenceDaft, R. L. (2016). Organization theory and design (12th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
Student two posted- Re: Topic 7 DQ 1
Organizational culture is built off of company and employee values and beliefs, and therefore, an organization would lobby for bills that benefit or align with those values. For example, tobacco companies would lobby hard against any governmental law that aims to restrict or lessen smoking habits (Shelley et al., 2014). This is an obvious move for the companies because if laws are passed that limit smoking, then the companies will lose money and possibly go out of business. The point is that a company will lobby for any bills that benefit their services, as well as lobby for bills that align with their company culture because it reflects what they believe in and support.Shelley, D., Ogedegbe, G., & Elbel, B. (2014). Same Strategy Different Industry: Corporate Influence on Public Policy. American Journal of Public Health, 104(4), e9–e11. https://doi-org.lopes.idm.oclc.org/10.2105/AJPH.2013.301832
Student Three Posted-Re: Topic 7 DQ 1
Every organization has its own ethical and cultural identity. Companies do not have a great influence in the lobby; however, companies always try to advocate for their company’s beliefs. Companies that engage in lobbing to try to influence the laws that are beneficial for the company. For instance, if a company’s culture is to recycle to protect the environment, then it has to have a proposal to present to the lobby to pass a bill to help this company to be beneficial to their community. Northern Territory News states “WASTE recycle companies have formed a new industry association to lobby the Government to buy more secondary materials through procurement.” Some of this companies have to ask for additional help to be represented in the lobby. Northern Territory News. (2014). Recycle companies join forces to lobby Government to buy their goods.