Q8(a). Discipline generally implies following the order and subordination. However, it may be counter-productive for the organisation. Discuss. (150 words, 10)
Discipline is based on hierarchy where subordinates obey the orders of superiors without questioning. Such a structure is an essential feature in traditional organisations like government, public sector companies, police and defence forces. Discipline helps the organisation produce quick results as there is no dissent or counter-opinion. The subordinates are trained to obey the orders of the superior and get the work done efficiently.
However, in modern times, organisations must be dynamic and proactive to understand the need of the customers in order to provide innovative solutions to their problems. They often work in competitive environment and would lose customers, if they fail to provide best goods and services to them.
Creativity and innovation can flourish only when the organisation is non-hierarchical and everyone feels free to air their views. Excessive discipline hampers free flow of ideas, creativity and innovation. Therefore, discipline may become counter-productive in the organisation in modern times. (151 words)