ERIC Number: ED247971
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Alternative Organisational Structures in Higher and Further Education. Coombe Lodge Working Paper. Information Bank Number 1471.
Ferguson, C. T.
Alternative models of organizational structure are discussed in this paper as they operate in higher and further education in Great Britain. First, the basic principles of the traditional hierarchical model of college organization are presented, and the advantages and disadvantages of this model are highlighted. Next, the paper discusses the Hatfield Development Plan, one of the first major plans suggesting radical organizational change in higher education. Then, the major features of the scheme in operation at Hatfield Polytechnic are explored in terms of the responsibilities of the academic board, the 5 schools of study and 37 academic groups into which the college is organized, the heads of the academic groups, and the directors of studies. After discussing two additional hierarchical structures based on faculties and departments or schools, the paper examines the main elements of a matrix structure, which involves the superimposition of a project management structure on an existing functional structure. The next sections discuss the use of the matrix structure in education through an examination of its operation at Strode College, the College of Nautical Studies in Southampton, Yeovil College, and the Colchester Institute. After discussing the functions, roles, and responsibilities of staff within the matrix structure, the paper concludes by contrasting the advantages and disadvantages of the hierarchical and matrix structures. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Staff Coll., Blagdon (England).
Identifiers: Great Britain