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The Secret Life of Coca-Cola

Examining the four metaphors of organisations as machines, living organisms, political systems, and systems of authority and domination, the Coca-Cola Company is analysed, to better understand this multifaceted organisation.
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Samuel Pearson

on 25 June 2013

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Transcript of The Secret Life of Coca-Cola

A
System
of
Politics

Coca-Cola
as
Organism
The
Coca-Cola

Machine
Coca-Cola:
System of
Domination / Authority
Sharon Nyambura Kuria
Naomi Burchett
Vrithi Appa
Samuel Pearson
Aliza Levy
Humberto Vazquez
The
Secret Life
of
Coca-Cola
A technical process maximising efficiency
Concerned with organisational structure and design, hierarchical authority and the division of labour.
Standardisation of manufacturing
Simplifying processes into their component parts
Creating a specialised workforce of skilled task-persons
" it is possible to identify different organisations in different kinds of environments, as one would find an organism
"
Coca-Cola’s successful adaption to its environment, understanding the different factors facing the company adopting relevant courses of action.
Politics: the exercise of power in the service of interests.

A political system is concerned with how interests are articulated and
how power and influenced are employed to serve interests.
legitimate domination: commands internalised by workers, becoming a habit they do almost by self-motivation.
Max Weber
Use of power is a set of concrete activities
Examining the structures and processes organisations work within
how these allow misconduct, providing normative support and means for violating others rights
Model does not take into account the power of civil society.
Understands dominance as following an economic rationality
Organisations do what they will to make profit
Difficult decisions made, with profit in mind
Dominance by default?
Part of a greater ill-intentioned design?
The first option can have positive consequences, as it opens discussion on how to mitigate this domination.
However, this also means implicitly accepting this model, which can lead to neglect of those suffering from organisational dominance
Think Global | Act Local
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