ERIC Number: ED035085
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jan
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Interpersonal Dynamics and Organizational Change in Religious Communities.
Barber, William H.; Rock, Leo P.
This paper discusses the organizational structure of religious communities and its effect on interpersonal relations. Religious communities tend to be organized structurally according to the traditional bureaucratic model of (1) relatively rigid structure; (2) carefully defined functional specialization; (3) direction and control implemented through a formal authority hierarchy; (4) fixed patterns of rights, duties, and procedures; and (5) relative impersonality in interpersonal relationships. Criteria for describing interpersonal competence are listed as: (1) perceiving the situation accurately, (2) solving problems so that they remain solved, and (3) continuing to be able to work with the other person(s). The structure of the formal organization, along with the existing values and norms governing interpersonal relations in religious communities, combine to maintain a decreased level of interpersonal functioning. (Author/MF)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Western Behavioral Sciences Inst., La Jolla, CA.