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ERIC Number: ED050448
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb-1
Pages: 27
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Organizational Adaptation to Forces for Change in a Big City School System. A Draft.
Derr, C. Brooklyn
This report on the relationship of a complex organization (such as a big-city school system) to its environment critiques the theory and method developed by Paul R. Lawrence and Jay W. Lorsch for analyzing this relationship. To test their approach to organizational analysis, the author conducted a research project in a large urban school system. One of the weaknesses of the Lawrence and Lorsch approach is that it fails to provide urban educators with data concerning which external organizations threaten their survival as an organization, which groups have the resources to help or hurt them, and what major forces in the environment could change the present direction of the city school system. Furthermore, the Lawrence and Lorsch approach speaks indirectly to major policy questions such as decentralization. From this exploratory study has emerged a number of testable hypotheses for future studies. (JF)
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Note: Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (55th, New York, New York, February 4-7, 1971)