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ERIC Number: ED082364
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 44
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Organizations as Social Inventions: Some Considerations for Those Who Would Design Schools To Serve Human Ends. Revised.
Greenfield, T. Barr
In searching for a concept of organization which recognizes its base in human action rather than in objective structure, the author draws on a European tradition stemming from the works of Max Weber. This tradition, combined with examples of organizational life in schools, serves to identify implications for those who attempt to design better organizational forms. These implications suggest to the author that the problems with schools will not be solved by manipulating the external structures of organizations but rather, by dealing with the often conflicting views and values of those acting within these structures. The author suggests that the task of changing organizations depends on the varieties of reality that individuals see in existing organizations, and on the acceptance of new ideas concerning what is possible and desirable to do through social action. He suggests that, although little is known about either of these dependencies, the first should be understood before the second is directed. (Author/DN)
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Note: A related document is EA 005 036