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ERIC Number: ED162690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 39
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
On Decision-Making Processes and Structures.
Marks, Joseph Lappin
The increasing costs of higher education and doubts about its importance, and the decreasing marketability of a college degree have made those responsible for appropriating public funds and the consumers of higher education services demand greater accountability from public institutions. These demands, as well as internal demands for greater participation by students and faculty, call for reform in the decision-making processes and in doing so have created a management crisis. The external pressures generated the reform movement advocating analytical management, which is typified by bureaucracy and the scientific method; it uses a systems approach wherein information is assembled for each aspect of an overall operation and then given to those individuals responsible for making decisions. On the other hand, internal forces favor anthrocentric management, that is, a decentralized participatory system with heightened positive motivation for the participants. A philosophical base for the assessment of alternative management models, a discussion of the limitations and dangers of the analytical approach contrasted to the advantages of the anthrocentric approach, and a bibliography are included. (MB)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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