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ERIC Number: ED102706
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Pages: 29
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The Concept of Structure for Describing the Diffusion of an Innovation Through Interorganizational Linkages.
Paul, Douglas
This paper reports on a study of the relationship between internal and external organizational variables and the adoption of a specific educational innovation--individually guided education and the multiunit school (IGE/MUS). The emphasis of the paper is on the independent variables of structure (internal organization) and linkage (external organization) and their relationship to the dependent variable of diffusion. An eclectic theoretical approach, using major change models and social systems theory, guided the construction of a series of questions focusing on internal and external organizational factors related to diffusion. Using these questions, 33 respondents involved in IGE/MUS projects in three different States were interviewed. Analysis of the findings suggests that intraorganizational structure and interorganizational linkage are interrelated and may be useful in explaining some of the variance in the adoption of educational innovations by different organizations. (Author/JG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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