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ERIC Number: ED210045
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep-24
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Institutional Planning: A Systems Approach.
Adamson, Willie D.
This four-chapter report explores the possible contributions of a systems approach to institutional planning. After introductory comments, Chapter I reviews the management theory of Henry Fayol, which emphasizes management tasks, such as planning, organizing, commanding, coordinating, and controlling, which are "universal" regardless of the level or kind of organization being considered. The applicability of this theory to education is then assessed. Next, Chapter II defines the systems approach to management as the implementation of a holistic view of an organization, focusing on the interactions and working relationships of its component parts and on the organization's interaction with its environment. This chapter goes on to examine and provide examples of organizational goals (i.e., broad statements of philosophy/purpose) and objectives (i.e., desired accomplishments that can be measured within a given time period) and to consider their use in guiding the systems planning process. Chapter III illustrates the use of a management information system in strategic planning, management control, and operating control. In conclusion, Chapter IV re-emphasizes the applicability of the systems approach to higher education. (KL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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