Crimson Tide MAN 3281 Systems Analysis Midterm 6/1/11 A. )Danzell Washington’s cognitive roles were complete opposites. Their mental actions, process of knowledge through their own experiences, and senses were both clearly displayed during the films conflicts. The Captain of the Navy’s ship, USS Alabama was Gene Hackman. The Captain’s XO, also known as the executive officer, was Danzell Washington. The Captain was a very experienced and a veteran at the ship. He was highly powered on the ship and with the XO’s consent in certain areas, the Captain was the head of the ship and it’s men.
The XO was also at the top of the ranks, knew the regulations, and proto calls exceptionally well for the ship’s procedures. Danzell would refer to the regulations during a conflicting order with the Gene over a nuclear missile launch. The two had very different behavior qualities. (Crimson Tide, 1995) Utilizing the configuration of the MBTI, the captain was comparable to an ENTJ personality. His “thinking judgment” was firm-minded all the time. For example, during the fire in the kitchen, he decided to call a drill during the crisis.
When the XO questioned him, stating that he felt the fire was more important to contain, rather than calling a practice drill. The “judgment” end of the Captain’s behavior is described by the MBTI as wanting closure, even when data or orders in this instance are incomplete. The XO on the other hand was shown to be an example of the ISFP personality. An “introvert” who is one that considers deeply before acting. His “perception” is seen as resisting closure; until more data is obtain to reach a final decision.
As seen in the film, the captain wanting to follow through with the missile launch and the XO called to the regulations to with hold launch, when the message was sent incomplete. (Lawrence, 1993) B. )The USS Alabama is dominated by a mechanistic organization and management structure. The operations of the ship utilize a high degree of job specialization all over the ship. The film easily displayed the demarcated vertical hierarchies, and decision-making process by the Captain, head of the USS Alabama, as well as the XO. Farlex, 2009) The chains of commands are clearly shown in Crimson Tide, as well as the roles of each individual. They all have their specialization of jobs they are trained to perform. In addition, pre-determined work rules are used with the policies and procedures to follow in the “war environment”. (Mathews, 2011) The environmental characteristics of the USS Alabama during times of war were almost unbearable and frightening. The ship had taken on large amounts of water; soldiers were trying to stop the intake, but failed and were killed.
An electronic technician was hit in the face with an object and had a major laceration to his face as well as massive amounts of blood. However, he was still relied on to work and fix the equipment in order to get back “online”. In spite of all these distractions of terror, the captain and the XO were still battling back and forth with mini teams within the ship’s soldiers to take charge of the ship by using weapons and threatening force. However, the Navy’s pre-determined work rules and procedures were not compromised that much.
Other than the select few soldiers who were pulled aside to pick sides, the rest were still performing their normal actions. They eventually restored the communication system and retrieved the rest of the partial message due to the chain of command roles by the soldiers. C. )While the fire breaks out in the opening scene the policies and procedures that fall into place in order to contain the fire is more of an organic structure. With the organic structure form, it utilizes a horizontal command chain.
The main goal is to contain the fire from spreading, damaging the ship, and causing injuries. The programmed decision-making, which is demonstrated by the XO, is repetitive or automatic behavior. Danzell hurries to the fire and joins forces with making the fire become extinct. The Captain on the other hand has different intentions in mind. Gene suddenly, unroutinely, and spontaneously decides to order a missile launch procedure. In result, rushes the XO from helping the firefight, to the Captain’s deck to overlook the missile launch drill.
A programmed decision making process should be ultimately used to dominate a fire in progress. The XO expresses his concern with the Captain and tells him that he would not of ordered the drill during the panic. The Captain feels differently, by stating, “during panic and confusion is the best time to run a drill. ” (Crimson Tide, 1995) D. )The organizational effectiveness assessment of anything is conceived with a mission, goals wanting to be reached, the process of reaching the desired results, benefits, and then the gauges of measurement and tracking of progress.
Open systems do not take imports or produce exports that are usable to the environment it is in. So the Navy would be an open system, which feeds itself with a loop-like effect. A circling of resources through the environment that revolve and are sent back threw the processes by the end result. (Morgan, 2006) My recommendations for the Navy would be to do added regularly soldier updates on changing regulations and still in effect guideline refresher courses.
This would reinforce the once known knowledge of the Navy that may be less remembered in some of the older commanders. Also, I would recommend a more flat structure management. With fewer levels of command on the ship, it would be easier for others to keep the captains from misusing their power of authority. This in the end would keep everyone supervising each other more. Ultimately resulting in a smoother, more efficient, and effectively run ship. Works Cited Scott, Tony. Bruckheimer, J). (1995). [Crimson Tide]. USA:Hollywood Pictures. Lawrence, G. (1993). [People and Tiger Stripes]. 3rd Edition. Consulting Psychologists Press. Farlex. (2009). [Mechanistic Organizations]. Helicon Publishing. http://encyclopedia. farlex. com/mechanistic+organization Mathews, C. (2011, May). Organizational Structures. Lecture conducted from Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL. Morgan, Gareth. (2006). Images of Organization. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications Inc.