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ERIC Number: ED028521
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
Pages: 19
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Measuring the Functional Structure of Complex Organizations.
Stewart, Alan D.
Viewing the school system as a set of subsystems with intersubsystem inputs and outputs, an organizational structure assessment instrument was designed to test the hypothesis that quantification of these inputs and outputs would make possible the determination of internal conditions of the school system which contribute to differences in school performance. Two general dimensions--content of interaction and structure of interaction--were defined from previous studies analyzing relationships among people, groups, and concepts. These two dimensions were further classified and integrated into a conceptual scheme of six basic and nine interaction dimensions. The instrument directed respondent's attention toward organizational rather than personal relationships. Respondents included administrators in 14 New York State public school systems. Output was computed as achievement levels of 3d and 6th grade pupils in October 1967. Findings were generally consistent with expectations, indicating utility of the instrument for both theoretical and operations research. A copy of the Organizational Structure Survey instrument is appended. (JK)
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Identifiers: New York
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Amer. Educ. Res. Assn. (Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 1969).