Sunday, February 28, 2010

Socio-Technical Organizations

Sorry about the delay of this post, but for some reason or another I have had some trouble logging onto Blackboard these past few days, and today it wasn’t working at all. I would like to first begin by saying that this is probably one of the biggest problems facing many companies that are based solely online. The threat of your consumers not being able to connect to your website would result in significant losses and possibly some backlash. Luckily, this was just a Blackboard posting, but whoever said that wasn’t important either? ;) 

I would define a socio-technical organization as one that provides workers with the tools needed to grow in the skills, knowledge, and abilities to become successful within an organization. Additionally, for an organization to become successful, they need to make sure that technology is an integral part of their core strategy, but also remember that without proper social interaction or communication, the organization will not function smoothly.

Business enterprises weave human resources and technological applications into one system by using new technology to find new applicants. As a result of the Internet, businesses have been given the unique opportunity to further their brand presence online and tell people why that company is such a great place to work. Additionally, companies are able to post job openings on the companies website, or even onto some of the several job portals. Furthermore, with the existence of social networking, businesses are able to communicate with interested applicants before they even think about applying for any positions!

Current businesses are a mix of “brick-and-mortar” and online applications. This mix didn’t always exist; Internet marketing was almost non-existent about a decade ago. However, in today’s world you would almost be foolish if you did not incorporate the Internet into your business model. Some businesses can’t just operate their business solely online, and require an actual storefront. However, with the emergence of e-commerce, many consumers are doing all their shopping and searching online, and as a result this has forced many businesses to have an online presence.

E-business and E-commerce principles are inter-related and incorporated into many business models. E-commerce is defined as the “use of the Internet and the web to transact business” (http://ezinearticles.com/?id=2002483) However, e-business is defined as the “digital enablement of transactions and process within a firm, involving information systems under the control of the firm” (Ibid). As a result, the bond between e-business and e-commerce occurs when there is an exchange of value.

~Until Next Time~

WIM


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