Standardized work for executive leadership

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Table of Contents

Summary 3

Key Learning Points or Concepts 4

Scholar Statements: A take on Views and counter views 4

Critical Analysis of the Subject Matter 5

Application of the Subject Matter to Real Life Situations in UAE 7

Conclusion of the Learning Experience 7

Reference 7


Standardization of business process be it when it concern manufacturing, purchasing and supplying all have their own way to identify organizational procedures. In the context and globalised world that we live in today, work details and procedures are as simple as it is written. However, organizational procedures to guide workers in day to day activities are in a state of low level which is a common sight. As the case can be applied to standardization, and when it is applied correctly and with correct approaches, the beneficial elements that can be derived from it are countless and offer huge scope for companies to streamlines business procedures in the rights note.

With standardized work in place also there is higher relevance that overall organizational process benefits. Take for instance the benefits that can be usurped from standardized work culture where it is meant to improve process control have brought about improvement in quality, stability and all the viability in creating a platform for continuous learning in the organizational structure. At times the standardization and its concepts are also misused, or its application is in the wrong note, rather than benefitting organization process, wrong application of standardized work hampers with things. But at the roots of standardization and its conceptual meaning it should be understood, which is meant to facilitate creativity, the flow of ideas and organization adapting to change. But what the scholar and his case studies related to standardized work want to make a pointer is based on executive leadership. In that sense, it is also common things to witnessed that most executive in organization at times don't take their take their day to day activities in accordance to the detailed work description. Speaking of executives, it means blue-collar job holder in organization, and the detailed day to day work description when it concern lower workers also trace the same trends of not following the detailed work description.

Moreover when looking to executives and their role in the organizational process, the issue of standardization also crop ups. This is the central arguments that the writer in question want to point and drive home the idea of the thesis. To top it all, there is a general understanding and impression among higher level executive that their day to day work are rather varied, which makes the implementation of standardized work culture is an issue and impossibility. Herein, the writer wants to counter view this assumption, and from organizational executive point of views the assumption differs, seeing that standardization and it conceptual application can have no impact at all when it concern their detailed description of their day to day work.

Summing it all up, from executive part and their views, they withhold that there is short of leadership, given their subjective belief that leadership is a specialized activities, far and wide in between the day to day work details and description. This is one major reason what the writer want to drive home the idea overall, starting from the paper thesis, and supporting the assumption through an empirically grounded research on the subject matter, that so to say standardized work for executive leadership.

Key Learning Points or Concepts

The key learning point from the paper conceptual presentation and point of arguments begins with what we commonly referred to as 'standardized work' and its culture in the organizational structure. Above all, there is also some valuable consideration that the term standardized work and its concepts are mistakenly applied, which further add to the loopholes in the process rather than improving it.

Secondly, the types of errors commonly made by executive also constitute one of the key learning points from the arguments put forward by the writer concerned. And in getting things in order, the use and application of standardized work is meant to make way into correcting the many errors and misapplication of the term standardized work right from the start.

Add to it, the different point of views is also as clear as a crystal, which only adds up to the key elements that have been discussed in the paper under analysis. But most importantly, we come to fore with the key leaning point the term, definition and meaning of "standardized work", which is often misinterpreted. Hence, the paper comes as close to presents the 'standardization work' culture and its concepts to trace the beneficial factor for organizational long term success in the competitive market today, and in one case, its application is also ad hoc, rather than a formality.

Scholar Statements: A take on Views and counter views

Going back to the arguments put down by the scholars concerned and the many views that flow from analyzing the paper, it represents an objective take on the core subject matter. Some of the scholastic statements are as follows.

"The benefits of standardized work are many if used correctly"

From this statement we can read out clear and precise of the benefits that can be derived from correct application of standardized work concepts, be it in bringing about effective leadership, organizational benefits, quality measure and all in between the larger aspects of organizational process. Less of standardized work, also translate into compounding issues, to start with, ineffective leadership as such.

Justifying the same, the common adage "without standards, there can be no actual improvements in business" identifies itself with the core concepts.

Business leaders commonly claimed that there is shortage of qualified leaders...indicating their views...specialized activities"

There is every reason for business leaders to feel likewise, or to detail their perspective in that manner, given the lesser efforts they put in identifying the root of the issue. Most of all, their differentiation view on standardization as specialized activities limits them to see how things in actuality are. Justifying the same the author come to the literary support to back up the assumptions, and there is evidence that standardization could help alleviate leadership shortage, where it concentration is taken rightly rather than concerning with its specialization in the day to day business discourse.

"The financial and non-financial ....evident by the wave of corporate fraud that has occurred since 1998"

From this statement, what the author wants to presents is the lack of quality leadership at the heart of the matter. Justifying the same, the author comes to the point to give a clear and precise factual reasoning, especially the frauds committed by executive, who can see reason enough from standardization work to an effective leadership. In case they do, such thing would not have been happening for all the right and rational reason as augmented by the author.

Critical Analysis of the Subject Matter

The paper titled "standardized work for executive leadership", written and researched by M.L. Emiliani, a scholar of the Central Connecticut State University", USA concern itself with the research and thesis based on the subject matter and concept of "standardized work" at the core of its arguments. The paper on the first read itself details a clear and precise purpose of the attempt to counter the assumptions and ll the factual point by the concern author. What is significant to the paper conceptual arguments can be derived from the how the write have tried to ponder on the point of viability through an empirically ground research. The purpose of the paper itself limits its objective analysis to describe about the common errors made by business leaders, especially when it concern into the application of standardized work concepts and their perspective.

Moreover, uniquely the quality analysis and its approach further define the empirically grounded research undertaken by the said author. Above all, the beneficial values that can be derived from the right and correct application of the concept "standardized work", especially for executive development and leadership role is dignified, in a sense that right standardized culture make way to an improve level of executive development and leadership role.

Leadership and its practices is also at the core of the studies, from which the aura of it can be garnered from standardized work culture can influence or bring about leadership quality, close to what standardized work is all about. Nonetheless, executive have their own views on the subject matter arguments. But what is factual and more energizing can be looked within the aspects on the conclusion reached by the said author to justify almost all the assumptions in the paper.

Further down the line, with a build up assumptions in place, the author then comes to take a concerted approach to the study. Firstly by identifying the leadership recurring errors, which concern with the mostly visible leadership errors within the highest block in the corporate world, given their wrong approached to taking the roots of understanding the standardization concepts right from the starts. Such errors have an impact on the organization, so does the economy. This is one reason why the author wants to convey by taking a detailed analysis and arguments on the "standardized concepts" and to prove a point that wrong implementation and understanding leads to losses rather than benefits. Secondly, correcting such errors can bring about a phenomenal difference to all factors, where a concentrated approach to leadership through standardization should be integrated. For some who have taken a deeper analysis of the errors from leadership b the application of Lean principles and practices have encountered the results also shows. That means the standardized work for leadership adds to bring values and discourse of the overall organizational process in the right direction.

Thus, the writer point of view is that consistent leadership and business performance is well recognized, however the means to achieves the same is let down in the common errors. The errors thus were made to corrective measures through standardized work culture, yet it is to be validated in organizational actual business condition. But the conclusive point is that, similar or close concepts show results. Given the conclusive results thrown in through the integrated research of the paper, the author also concludes that standardized work is interrelated to leadership.

Application of the Subject Matter to Real Life Situations in UAE

As the author have conclude that the similar idea is also progressively taking roots in the corporate world, so does it when it concern itself to UAE. What we can relate to the application of the subject matter to real issue in UAE at best can be derived from the media reports "wherein Khalifa Fund and Abu Dhabi University have brought about the concept to garner roots in UAE, as a series to solve about compounding leadership issues. Add to it, such programme is mean for executive development, reflecting the visionary outlook of policy makers to bring about standards in all fronts, through training in tackling probable leadership lapses in its course" (, 2009)

Conclusion of the Learning Experience

There is every reason to feel blessed from reading the course material, especially this paper concerning leadership, and how standardization and its concepts relates to it overall.

The learning process for the starts have been more than energizing to look with the different point of views that take course, especially the empirically ground research of the work under analysis from the author part. Above all, it also further enhances our understanding to concepts, which is educational in nature and beneficial in the long course to garner the knowledge through the brief stints from analyzing the paper. Within such experiments, we can't help but to remark that the experience have been fulfilling, yet there is more ground for research in the said study to further add in a deeper understanding to things and management issues overall.


  1. (2009, November 14). Khalifa Fund and Abu Dhabi University bring 'Leadership Series' to UAE Entrepreneurs. Retrieved February 5, 2010, from

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