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ERIC Number: ED139107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Policy Implementation as a Loosely-Coupled Organizational Adaptation Process.
Peterson, Vance T.
Policy implementation in organizations has been described in the literature as a process of adaptation. A study was performed to investigate three basic linkages specified in the traditional rational adaptation paradigm during the implementation of a new budget structure in a multicampus community college district. Loose coupling between elements of the paradigm was found to be a dominant feature of the process, suggesting the implementation is perhaps best described as more intentionally (than actually) rationally adaptive. The research raises the question that intervention strategies of a different order may be necessary to effect future educational change. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, N.Y., April 4-8, 1977)