Presentation on theme: "Candidate Student: Maxim Shvetsov Professor Alexander Settles"— Presentation transcript:
1 Candidate Student: Maxim Shvetsov Professor Alexander Settles Learning Organizations & Decision Making Styles of Managers: Russian and Finnish FirmsCandidate Student:Maxim ShvetsovProfessor Alexander Settles
2 Research Theme and Problem Statement Learning organizationAre Finnish firms organized around learning organization principles?What are the expectations of Finnish firms for their partners, suppliers, customers, etc. to be learning organizations?Are Russian firms in the building industry adopting learning organization techniques?Does a learning organization framework add value to such firms?
3 Research Theme and Problem Statement Decision Making StylesWhat are the primary decision making styles in Finnish (and Russian) firms?What potential conflicts could exist in decision making when Finnish firm enter the Russian market place?How do Finnish decision makers fit into the Decision Style Inventory (DSI) (Rowe)?
4 Learning Organization Learning Organization theory integrates techniques related to:systems thinkingpersonal masterymental modelsbuilding shared visionteam learning
5 What is a Learning Organization? Psychological safety to implement these techniquesAllow for the appreciation of differencesOpenness to new ideas
6 Learning Organization Building Blocks A supportive learning environmentConcrete learning processes and practicesLeadership that reinforces learning
7 A Supportive Learning Environment Psychological safetyAppreciation of differencesOpenness to new ideasTime for reflection
8 Concrete learning processes and practices Learning processes involve the generation, collection, interpretation, and dissemination of informationKnowledge must be shared in systematic and clearly defined waysKnowledge sharing can take place among individuals, groups, or whole organizationsKnowledge can move laterally or vertically within a firm.Knowledge sharing can be externally oriented (networked)
9 Leadership that reinforces learning Organizational learning is strongly influenced by the behavior of leadersIf leaders signal the importance of spending time on problem identification, knowledge transfer, and reflective post-audits, these activities are likely to flourishEmployees feel emboldened to offer new ideas and optionsIn Russian business culture leadership is crucial for all decisions including creating a learning organization
10 Limitations of Implementing a Learning Organization Framework Leadership alone is insufficientOrganizations are not monolithicComparative performance is the critical scorecardLearning is multidimensional
11 Decision Making Styles Rowe Framework on Decision Styles.DirectiveAnalyticConceptualBehavioralTool for analysis - Decision Style Inventory (DSI)
12 Decision Style Inventory (Mason, Rowe and Dickel) Every person has a characteristic way of making decisionsInventory questionnaire to identify four major stylesanalytical, conceptual, directive, behavioralBased upon the DSI questionnaire outcome, style can be placed into four preference rangesleast preferred, backup, dominant, very dominant
13 Decision Making Styles Every person has a characteristic way of making decisionsAnalytical: capacity for abstract; logical thinking; high tolerance for ambiguity; searches out and verifies large amounts of data; identifies and questions underlying assumptions.Conceptual: creative capacity; broad “systems thinkers”; value quality; share values with colleagues; high need for achievement; requires praise and constructive feedback; needs freedom
14 Decision Making Styles Behavioral: personal; focus on individual; characterized as supportive and participative; people oriented; good listeners; prefer “soft” data to “hard” data.Directive: focus on short-term results; appetite for control; efficiency oriented; facts are reality; communicate through numbers and facts; seek to establish structure in work.
15 Research ProposalModify existing research tools for use in a survey of Finnish and Russian firms in the building industry to determine current state of companies ability to integrate learning organization techniques into business practicesExplain current Russian business practices and cultural frameworkExplain methods of decision making in Finnish and Russian companiesDetermine the relationship between Russian company cultural and learning organization theory
16 Research Outline – next steps Outline the Theory related to LO, Creation of Virtual or Networked Organization, and the role of decision making styles on network creationGather data on the application (or lack of application) LO model in the Finnish and Russian marketConduct a survey of Finnish firms to determine their LO practices – utilize a modified version Garvin, Edmondson, and Francesca (2008) survey instrument and Decision Style Inventory by Mason, Rowe and DickelExplain the affects of business culture and decision making process on the development of LOs