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ERIC Number: ED091828
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jul
Pages: 20
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Theory in the Study of Organizations and Administrative Structures: A New Perspective.
Greenfield, T. Barr
There exists a body of theory and assumption that runs squarely at odds with that which has provided the ideological underpinnings of educational administration as it has been developed over the past two decades. The ideological conflict between these two views rests on two fundamentally different ways of looking at the world. One is the established view both in the study of organizations generally and in the study of educational administration in particular. The philosophical basis of this natural systems view is realism--the world exists and is knowable as it really is, and organizations are real entities with lives of their own. The philosophical basis of the alternative phenomenological view is idealism--the world exists, but different people construe it in very different ways. Organizations are invented social reality. This paper outlines the phenomenological view and recommends its application both in organization and administrative theory. The author concludes that no general science of organization and administration is at hand and that the possibility of training administrators through the study of organization theory has been seriously overestimated. He suggests that research into organization problems should consider and begin to use the phenomenological perspective. A selected list of references is included. (Author/DN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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