Discussion

Reply in 125 words or more with one sitation to #1 and #2 below.  
#1

Looking at my organization through the lens of systems theories is an interesting task. Analyzing the inputs and outputs of my organization have allowed me to better understand how resources and products are a part of the educational process. Schalock et al. (2018) details how foundational principles help articulate outcomes for students and my organization also has foundational principles. Units within the Marine Corps are interdependent on each other. Each military occupational specialty assists others due to their trained abilities. Each unit depends on others and would not be successful without other units depending on their specialties. The video Systems Theory of Organizations also allowed me to see how system approach looks at the whole organization. This is similar to looking at the chain of command and how each level impacts others and the impact smaller groups have on the larger organization as a whole. The strength of this lens is the ability to look at a broader system while the weakness is that it does not look at the individuals that make up the organization.
Even though the Marine Corps is a war fighting organization, my unit is tasked with teaching Civil Affairs and Marine Corps Leadership. Throughput in the article by Schalock et al. (2018) is very similar in my unit when they discuss applying the systematic approach. Throughput has policy makers and leaders that provide support to my organization. The unit is constantly adjusting and evaluating methods and training. Inputs and outputs are different but analyzing the four components make me see how systems theory applies to my organization. I also see how negative feedback seeks to change abnormalities. These abnormalities in the Marine Corps are ones that cannot complete training or cannot meet the requirement standards in the military occupational specialty. The Marine Corps does not balance profit. It simply spends and invests the money into Marines and equipment. It is clear that viewing the chain of command can show how system theory can explain how my organization operates on many levels.
References
Schalock, R., Loon, J., & Mostert, R. (2018). A systematic approach to enhancing the personal well-being of children and adolescents. International Journal of Child, Youth & Family Studies, 9(4), 188-205.
          http://dx.doi.org/10.18357/ijcyfs94201818647
https://canvas.liberty.edu/courses/136524/pages/watch-systems-theory-of-organizations?module_item_id=16616108

#2
Systems theories helped me view my organization as a whole. In higher education, there are so many divisions such as academic affairs, student affairs, finance, human resources, and communications. When an organization has so many parts that are responsible for various aspects of the survival of the organization, it becomes quite easy to focus on each division individually. Looking at my organization through the systems theory, I can see how each division is interdependent and relies on the support of each other. For example, academic affairs need student affairs so that they can provide students with resources and opportunities for students to be successful in their academics as well as be satisfied with their overall experience in college. Both academic affairs and student affairs need the finance division because each division needs appropriate funding so that they can facilitate their services to students while still making a profit so that the organization can survive. So on and so forth.
The weakness of viewing my organization using the systems theories is that it would be a challenge to identify a problem in the organization if the problem is the behavior of one individual. Last week, I commented on the potential of one individual creating a complex work environment. Using systems theories, it would be easy to overlook this individual if I am looking at the organization as a whole organism, especially if the goals of the individual and the goals of the department he or she works in are met. If all goals are being met, then it would be easy to connect the inputs to the outputs and create a positive outcome while overlooking the uncomfortable work environment because it would not warrant a negative feedback loop.