ERIC Number: ED202094
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Innovation as a Process of Coalition-Building: A Study of Organizational Decision-Making. Volume I: Analysis and Conclusions.
Lambright, W. Henry; And Others
Local school districts must strengthen their innovative capacity in order to respond effectively to the problems facing them. Success depends on both an organization's technical capacity to match problems with appropriate solutions and its political capacity to move an innovation through the process from adoption to incorporation. Research shows that the organization's ability to build a winning coalition, providing enough support to sustain the innovation against opposition, is crucial. An examination of several attempts at innovation over more than a decade in the school districts of Syracuse and Rochester in New York tested the nature of the coalitions involved, investigating their formation, operations, and effect on subsequent decision-making. This document summarizes and analyzes the results of this extensive study, involving a number of separate, but related, case histories. The analysis leads to conclusions concerning the local educational organization as an innovative mechanism, bureaucratic entrepreneurship and coalition-building within education, the applicability of the research team's decision-making model to education, the comparison of educational innovation in Syracuse and Rochester, and the residual effects of innovation and coalition-building. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Decision Making, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Informal Organization, Organizational Communication, Organizational Development, Organizational Effectiveness, Organizational Theories, Power Structure, Problem Solving, School Districts, Systems Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Research Corp., Syracuse, NY.