Organizational Dysfunctions: Sources and Areas


Objective:The purpose of this article is to identify and describe various types and sources of organizational dysfunctions.

Research Design & Methods: The findings are based on literature review and an ongoing empirical research project conducted in private sector organisations. The empirical study can be situated within interpretative approach. In this qualitative project open interviews and observations were used to collect data.

Findings: The study indicates that various types and sources of organizational dysfunctions can be identified in organizations operating in Poland. The sources of dysfunctions may be found both within the organization and its environment. Regardless of its specific features, most of the dysfunctions may be interpreted as an undesirable goal displacement. Very often areas of these dysfunctions are strongly interconnected and create a system that hinders organizational performance. Yet, it is difficult to study these phenomena as respondents are unwilling, for various reasons, to disclose the problems faced by their organizations.

Implications & Recommendations: The results imply that the issue of organisational dysfunctions requires open, long-lasting and comparative studies. Recommendations for further studies are formulated in the last section of the paper.

Contribution & Value Added: The paper provides insight into "the dark side of organising" by identifying sources and areas of dysfunctions. It also reveals difficulties connected with conducting research on dysfunctions in the Polish context.



organizational dysfunctions; pathology; sources of dysfunctions; areas of dysfunctions; goal displacement

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Published : 2016-12-03

Pasieczny, J., & Glinka, B. (2016). Organizational Dysfunctions: Sources and Areas. Entrepreneurial Business and Economics Review, 4(4), 213-223.

Jacek Pasieczny 
University of Warsaw, Faculty of Management  Poland
Beata Glinka
University of Warsaw, Faculty of Management 

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