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ERIC Number: ED150616
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 9
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Reference Count: 0
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The English Department and the "Activity Trap."
Zeff, Jacqueline
In "Management and the Activity Trap," George S. Odiorne points out that many organizations become so enmeshed in activity that they lose sight of their goals and the activity becomes an end in itself. This paper applies Odiorne's description of the activity trap to modern English departments. It points to examples that indicate that English departments unquestioningly continue all their activities from past years, lack clarity about their objectives, and lose sight of their overall purposes. The paper then presents Odiorne's list of six methods used by organizations to distort facts and applies them to the circumstances of many English departments. Finally, the paper lists Odiorne's suggestions for organizations that want to get out of the activity trap and proposes that English departments attempt to follow the suggestions in seeking alternatives to their present situations. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the College English Association (8th, San Antonio, Texas, March 31-April 2, 1977)