Volume 15, Number 4, Winter 2012

CONTENTS

REGULAR ARTICLES

Personal Social Media Usage and Its Impact on Administrative Accountability: An Exploration of Theory and Practice
K. C. Bezboruah and M. M. Dryburgh

Symposium on Organizational Innovations and Responses for Universal Equilibrium, Part I
S. Tripathi

Symposium Introduction
S. Tripathi

Complexity Capabilities as Prerequisite for Organizational Innovations and Successful Responses for Universal Equilibrium
W. Amann and S. Khan

Measuring Humane Orientation of Organizations through Social Exchange and Organizational Identification Facilitation and Control of Burnout and Intent to Quit
M. Kumar, S. Singh, H. Rai and A. Bhattacharya

Harmonizing the Individual and the Organization: An Aristotelian-Thomistic Model of Corporate Governance
M. Macaulay and S. Arjoon

University Sustainability and System Ontology
G. Aguirre, D. M. Boje, M. L. Cast, S. L. Conner, C. Helmuth,
R. Mittal, R. Saylors, N. Tourani, S. Vendette, and T. Q. Yan

ABSTRACT. This intervention study outlines the continuing journey of a university towards its sustainability potentiality. We introduce the importance of sustainable development and link it to our intervention study of potentiality for sustainability from a Heideggerian phenomenological perspective. Through a case study of sustainability at New Mexico State University, we provide an insight into the development of a new dimension of university sustainability interface. This interface exists in terms of a dialogic of sustainability, as it relates to the balancing of competing needs, such as efficiency, heart, and brand identity. An important aspect of this interface is intervention, highlighting new possibilities for the top administrators regarding the university's goals and environmentalities. A qualitative and interpretive approach using ontological storytelling inquiry is employed. Data for the study were collected through in-depth interviews with university members from all hierarchical levels. This article raises interesting ontological issues for sustainability researchers, and has implications for strategy as practice.

ABSTRACT. The underlying causes of the global financial crisis of 2008 are numerous and complex and include structural, economic-technical and personal decisions dimensions. This paper uses Aristotle’s four (4) explanatory principles which are helpful in understanding the root causes of corporate governance failure: (1) material cause (corresponds to the lack of effective regulations, codes, etc.). (2) formal cause (corresponds to the unrealistic pricing of contagion risk of complex financial instruments – subprime mortgages, credit default swaps, mortgage-backed securities, collateralized debt obligations, etc.), (3) efficient cause (the economic agent or decision maker), and (4) final cause (corresponds to the goal of an unrealistic and unsustainable rate of return on investment). This paper makes a case for Professional Ethics by proposing a moral psychological approach that uses virtue ethics and moral principles and focuses on moralselfhood, in particular, on approach that reduces the moral gap between the real self and the ideal self.

ABSTRACT. The paper explores the relationship of humane orientation of  organizations with members’ reactions to such treatment by the organization. Orientation of mangers to form good relationships with subordinates has been reflected through subordinates’ perception of quality of leader-member exchange (LMX) and it was expected to predict members’ reaction through feeling of exhaustion (burnout). The roles of humane orientation of organizational support measured through perceived organizational support (POS) by subordinates and organizational identification (OID) as possible explicators of the relationship between LMX quality and organizational burnout have also been explored. We conducted three step hierarchical linear regressions on a sample involving data at two time waves. As expected, all the hypotheses were supported. A major contribution of the research to academic literature is the corroboration of directionality of some of the relationship through two time wave design. Also, burnout in this research has been measured at an organizational level and the results were in line with burnout measured at the job level in some earlier studies on burnout.

ABSTRACT. In the internet era, the boundaries between public and private lives of government employees are often blurred, resulting in enhanced concerns about administrative accountability and effectiveness. By adopting a multi-step qualitative methodology involving internet survey and analysis of illustrative examples, this research explores and examines how social media policies could assist in keeping the public and private lives of civil servants distinct. We find that very few public sector agencies have adopted social media policies in an attempt to regulate employee behavior. We conclude that social media sites, both private and official, could be an effective administrative tool if harnessed properly. We offer certain recommendations and strategies based on our findings that could assist in accomplishing the principles of ethical administration.

ABSTRACT. Liberalization, deregulation, and privatization have all led to tremendous degrees of freedom in the business world. Consequently, however, signs of unsustainability have multiplied as well. This article complements a strong call for redirecting our ways of doing business, by detailing the capability view needed for successful change. We argue that lasting responses will emerge only when the ideas for organizational solutions line up with the capability to implement them. The article relies on a five-level framework of complexity skills; it illustrates the implementation of one of the most significant strategies in the history of a highly successful multinational, the impact of complexity skills on the firm level on alleviating poverty and improving hygienic conditions, educational and emancipation opportunities to reach eventually more than one hundred thousand households.

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