Technology drives most of the functions in organizations globally. Modernist interpretive perspectives view an organization as a system that enhances performance of essential functions mainly in stable environment. Symbolic interpretive perspective is based on emotions and intuition which entails understanding cultural implication of behaviors in both stable and non-stable environment (Hatch&Cunliffe 2013). Monitoring of employees activities, gathering of organizational information like reports, keeping all individuals informed, selling and distribution of goods and services requires the use and are the agents of technology (Hlupik 2003). In relation to the two theoretical perspectives, this essay gives the different insights that relate organizational management, employees and the influences on the course of technological change.
Application of modern and symbolic interpretive perspectives in relation to technological change
According to the symbolic perspective, employees can be productive both in stable and non-stable environments while the modern perspective only gives employees the opportunity to survive and produce in stable environments in an organization due to inflexibility (Huff&Burr 200). For example, if employees were used to video conferencing for conveying messages and air transport for business meetings in a modern interpretive perspective, changing the use of this technologies to the use of emails for conveying a message and road transport for business meetings can reduce the performance of the employees. This is different from symbolic perspective due to the fact that, symbolic theory enables the management in an organization to adapt to new technologies under necessary circumstances and be productive (Salavar 2007). Therefore, course of technological change to the employees in an organization managed under symbolic interpretive theory is more advantageous than in the management of modern interpretive perspective.
Quality management of technology affects employees either positively or negatively depending on how it has been employed. It is thus, vital to choose the best management in the course of technological change. This can be done through using the best interpretive perspective for managing the employees and the different functions in an organization.
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