Organizational Change Strategies of Resource Dependency


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A power plant relies on two deliveries of 100 tons of coal per day. If the organization decides to hold six weeks worth of coal in reserve, this would be an example of:

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1. A career college providing technical instruction enrolls students every six weeks. In August and February, enrollments average between 75 and 100 students. In July and December, they average no more than 30 students. If the college changes their marketing in an attempt to create a more even enrollment pattern, which buffering or bridging strategy are they employing?

2. The XYZ recreational vehicle company is closing their plant in Indiana that employs 900 workers. XYZ works with the local community college and agrees to pay for two years of retraining for the employees who will be laid off. In response, the community college hires eight new faculty members and launches two new programs of study. Which buffering or bridging strategy is being utilized by the community college?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Quickly measure your knowledge of resource dependency in some organizations using this quiz and worksheet assessment tool. You must be familiar with specific terms and recognize relevant examples in order to answer all quiz questions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Your ability to do the following will be tested when you use this assessment:

  • Identify the term exemplified by a company holding a reserve of a needed resource
  • Recognize a type of buffering or bridging strategy used in given examples
  • Name the buffering strategy focusing on the prediction of resource needs to prevent shortages and surpluses
  • Select the term that best reflects having the right quantity of resources at the right time

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information reflecting an example of a buffering or bridging strategy and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding which buffering strategy is used to predict resources needs to eliminate shortages/surpluses
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to pick which term would be applicable to having the right resources at precisely the right time

Additional Learning

Improve your understanding of this topic with the lesson titled Organizational Change Strategies of Resource Dependency. Details addressed in this lesson include:

  • How a resource dependent organization is defined
  • What buffering strategies help organizations do
  • Which is the most powerful buffering tool
  • What the term 'bridging' refers to
  • What is the end result of negotiation