ERIC Number: ED152139
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Organization of Tasks and The Social Organization of Students at Two Graduate Schools of Business.
White, Richard N.
The concepts of the goals and perspectives of organizations and the organization of tasks, which have been valuable in the analysis of industrial work settings, were used to analyze two graduate schools of business that differ on these dimensions. The schools examined were the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and the Northwestern University Graduate School of Management. Distinct patterns of academic and social norms and behavior were found to emerge among the students at these schools. Results of the research indicate that the different organizational perspectives and goals held by the two schools studied are associated with distinctive organizations of tasks and that these are, in turn, associated with the formation of characteristic academic and social norms and behavior. It was found that the fit between the goals and the task organization appears to be good in each of the schools studied, a measure of organizational success. The academic and social norms and behavior that were observed support the argument that the distinctive task of organization of these two schools is associated with the formation of characteristic academic and social norms and behavior. (SPG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL.; De Paul Univ., Chicago, IL.