ERIC Number: ED202164
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Administrative Agencies: Issues and Problems in Public Education Collective Bargaining. Working Paper in Education Finance No. 31.
A review of the major studies of administrative behavior introduces this consideration of what features of administrative agencies, either in structure or patterns of organization, have been associated with their successful operation. The theories of interorganizational relations reviewed include the political economy approach, the organization set model, the exchange theory, the power dependency approach, and an integrated model employing both the exchange and power dependency theories. Two theories, the political economy approach and the organization set model, are helpful in examining case studies of the behavior of several administrative agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and two Public Relations Employment Boards (PERBs), and in predicting the response of the network of organizations to certain changes. PERBs are examined in light of five hypotheses about interorganizational relationships proposed by William Evan. The paper concludes that the organization set approach seems to be the most appropriate construct for analyzing relationships among school district employees, school districts, and the administrative agency. Suggestions are offered for establishing the autonomy of PERBs while maintaining accountability, for controlling the size of PERBs, and for appointing commissioners and other personnel. (Author/WD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Education Finance Center.