I may only be 30 years old (and a few cards shy of 52), but I don’t remember anybody blaming death on “bad organizational culture” before. We sociologists study organizational culture all the time. Actually, this stuff is also studied by business schools. Anyway, I always figured that people don’t die because of it. Sure, it makes you want to take more coffee breaks and goof off and stuff, and it makes work bearable only in a drunken stupor… Still, I guessed that in important jobs, like working for NASA, you don’t “let things slide” just because your boss is a jerk or they ran out of hot dogs too soon at the company picnic.
Now that “bad organizational culture” is a legitimate excuse for the assignment of blame for death, we may re-interpret history in this framework. Throughout history, bad organizational culture” is to blame for unresponsive government (i.e. Communist China under Mao Tse-Tung), where mutiple layers of bureaucracy makes communication difficult, etc. Bad organizational culture is also to blame for the death of Christ, as Pontius Pilate gave amnesty to only one of the condemned that day because “there can be only one pardon and that’s the law and ain’t nothing gonna change that.”
I plan to blame my recent spurt of goofing off on bad organizational culture at my department. This place sucks in many ways, but now that it’s all due to bad culture, I can goof off until they fix the culture. Of course, this is the is/ought fallacy I was talking ’bout earlier…
I hope that bad organizational culture doesn’t infect hosptials (“the doctor doesn’t FEEL like helping anyone today because someone ate the last lollipop”) or police stations (“sorry, sir, but we can’t investigate that murder because there’s so much darn paperwork to do and we keep running out of toilet paper in the men’s bathroom and when we complain to management about toilet paper absenteeism, management doesn’t seem to CARE”).
One more thing to blame. Just you watch.