ERIC Number: ED084960
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Oct
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The Selection of Decision Process Paradigms in Higher Education: Can We Make the Right Decision or Must We Make the Decision Right?
Schmidltein, Frank A.
Decisionmaking in organizations is examined from the perspective of open systems organization theory. Employing this perspective, this paper represents a critique of the views held by planners and systems analysts and the conflicting assumptions of their critics. The conclusion reached is that neither the assumptions held by planners, nor those of their critics are wholly acceptable to the policymakers. Policymaking requires a mixed strategy of decisionmaking that is dependent on situational constraints and on tradeoffs between desirable but conflicting values. This paper begins by briefly describing a controversy over the management and organization of the University of California library system. A theory of decision process selection is suggested that provides a framework for analyzing this controversy. This theory suggests that there are 2 major paradigms that policymakers use to describe decision processes. The historical roots of these paradigms are noted and the paradigms are described. The report suggests that there is a gap between normative assumptions of the decision process paradigms and the conclusions drawn following an examination of the constraints and values found in higher education. (Author/PG)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Decision Making Skills, Educational Administration, Educational Research, Higher Education, Policy Formation, Problem Solving, Productive Thinking, Research Reviews (Publications)
Center for Research in Management Science, University of California, 26 Barrows Hall, Berkeley, California 94720 ($1.95)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Ford Foundation Program for Research in Univ. Administration.