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ERIC Number: ED078503
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
Pages: 30
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Organizations as Social Inventions.
Greenfield, T. Barr
In discussing what is meant by the concept "organization," the author raises the questions, "What is an organization that it can have such a thing as a goal?" and, assuming it appropriate to speak of organizational goals, "how do the goals of individuals bear on those of the organization?" The author submits that answers to these questions raise some serious doubts about the assumptions on which many change strategies appear to rest. He suggests that the concept of organization as a "structure" having functions and goals apart from the individuals who inhabit the structure should be modified. He contends that organizations should be regarded as entities through which people strive to achieve ends that are important or desirable to them. The author then examines the implications for organizational analysis and for change strategies should the modified definition of organization be accepted. (Author/DN)
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Note: Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (58th, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 26-March 1, 1973)