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ERIC Number: ED128895
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jan
Pages: 6
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Administration and the Territorial Imperative.
Moser, Robert P.
This paper explores some of the evidence relating similarities between lower animal behavior in defense of territory and administrative behavior in defense of position prerogative. The bureaucratic organization has a system of sanctions to penalize those who would infringe upon the territory of superordinates. Humans mark their domains by audio and visual symbols much as many animals do. If we compare our behavior with the observed behavior of the baboon, the congruence could be shocking. Empirical data reported by Ardrey indicate that lower animals have better accomodated the differences between the sexes than have humans; men and women may love one another in the union of matrimony, but they do poorly in the union of professions. There is increasing evidence that fragmentation within the educational profession explains, in part at least, why education does not get a larger proportion of the gross national product. If we continue behaving like baboons and allow ourselves to be fragmented by our protection of territory, the educational enterprise will limp along without reaching its full potential. (Author/JG)
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