Informal and formal in an organization LO28591

From: Judy Tal (
Date: 05/24/02

Replying to LO28580 --

"Dan Burnstein" < wrote:

> I am not sure where I came across the cannard - when there is a conflict
> the informal organization always trumps the formal organization.

With your permission Dan, i'd like to offer a nottation: replace
negation-prefixes (like "in*", "un*" ...) by "not*" for the sake of this
discussion. Maybe you have something different from "notformal" in mind,
when you use "informal". in such case please consider the rest of this
post as a vague asociation :-)

Suppose we knew what exactly is the "formal organization" FO, then
"notformal organization" nFO would be anything outside FO. What exactly?
Anything (if we agree that the future is unpredictable to a certain degree

What then would you suggest then as a constructive act: to look for nFO
(find it and control it) or to expand FO (give it more form :-) ... inform
it :-)). Or something else?

> I think that it is a part of a good training in group problem solving,
> negotiation or team building to acknowledge this bit of reality.

so think i,


PS - same argument works for other pairs, like:

known ... notknown
spoken ... notspoken


Judy Tal <>

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