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ERIC Number: ED106265
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Some Conditions for Organiational Problem-Solving.
Stannard, Charles I.
The change process consists of a series of stages, beginning with awareness of organizational dysfunction and culminating in successful implementation of change. Difficulties in instigating change in schools are due to: (a) diffused and poorly defined school goals and objectives; (b) a school environment of conflicting and contradictory expectations from parents and other taxpayers; (c) an uncompetitive school environment; and (d) minimal control by schools over the people they educate. An important determinant of an organization's ability to define and diagnose its problems is its technology and the degree to which members share the technology. People should first agree that change is necessary to alleviate a problem, and second, agree that the particular change decided on is the best one. Reaching such consensus is facilitated by precise and shared organizational ends as well as a highly developed and shared organizational technology. School rated lower than business on such change-promoting factors. By implication, change in schools would be more difficult and less frequent than in organizations which were high in such factors. (JS)
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