ERIC Number: ED100023
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Functional Specialization, Referent Group Orientation, and Vertical Mobility in the Educational Organization.
Wiles, David K.
Organizational literature has long acknowledged the contextual relationship of specialization, referent group orientation, and vertical mobility as important sociological variables. In this article, the structural implications of a transformation in the educational vertical mobility concept due to alterations in functional specialization and referent group orientation is discussed. In turn, four specific propositions are derived from these implications. First, vertical mobility is not exclusively equated with adopting an institutionally specified administrative specialization. Second, primary referent group orientation is not necessarily correlated with expectations of inclusion in the administrative hierarchy. Third, social comparisons of success do not always refer to identification of institutionally determined administrative potential. And fourth, functional specialization for original admittance into the organization is becoming a dominant expectation for politically viable advancement and successful career patterns. (Author/JG)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Administrator Role, Administrator Selection, Bibliographies, Career Ladders, Educational Administration, Educational Mobility, Educational Research, Educational Status Comparison, Elementary Secondary Education, Group Dynamics, Groups, Organizational Theories, Specialization, Vertical Organization
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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