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This article offers an organizational
metaphor based on an Iranian epic Manteq-o-Teyr or The Logic of Flight. The
metaphor is shaped by the story of a wise hoopoe bird whose dream was to reach
a mountain called Qaf and find the great king of birds called Simurgh or Thirty
Birds. The new enlightenment resonated with the Conference of the Birds,
captures the idea of why and how leader and followers should connect their
consciousness to each other to achieve a higher level of wisdom, mythically
called Simurgh. The story communicates a metaphor that works in favor of
explaining organizational components such as design, structure, environment,
and boundaries in a distributed style of leadership as practiced by the hoopoe
and his follower birds as a community of practice through collective wisdom.
This expository essay is designed to teach
organizational behavior to the students of organizational leadership studies.
Inspired by Ivancevich and Konopaske’s theoretical framework of organizational
behavior, it explains decision making and use of power across three domains of
organizational behavior: individual, group, and organization. The focus of this
essay is to present the key aspects of the organizational behavior theories of
decision making and use of power at each level of the analysis. Complementary
resources are used in the preparation of this educational document as far as
they could serve explaining Ivancevich and Konopaske’s theoretical framework.