ERIC Number: ED206088
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Alternative Perspectives for Viewing Educational Organizations.
Baker, Lynn E.; And Others
A review of the published and unpublished literature on alternative perspectives for viewing organizations provides the basis for this monograph, which includes the contributions of five authors. The papers are intended to serve as a primer for educators interested in newer organizational perspectives and to stimulate them to learn more about, and examine current practices in light of, these alternatives. The first section includes two papers: one reviews common textbooks and other writings on educational administration to show how organizational theory is implemented in practice, and the other argues the utility of multiple perspectives in understanding organizational behavior. The second section offers an inventory of models, theoretical/logical structures, and interorganizational perspectives that are presently being discussed as alternatives to the bureaucratic view. Section 3 reviews the literature on the dynamic elements of organizations: communication, power, and making sense of organizational experience. The fourth section summarizes the major challenges to the dominant (bureaucratic) organizational perspective being posed by contemporary organizational theorists. (Author/WD)
Descriptors: Bureaucracy, Communication Research, Educational Administration, Innovation, Literature Reviews, Models, Organizational Development, Organizational Theories, Power Structure
Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, EDSP Project, 1855 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94103 ($5.50).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.