ERIC Number: ED239126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Striving for Excellence: Applications of Successful Business Principles. Ideas for Action in Education and Work.
Eight principles that have been used to reach excellence in business and industry and ways that schools can apply those principles are described. The principles, identified by Thomas J. Peters and Robert N. Waterman, Jr. in "In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America's Best-Run Companies" are: (1) a bias for action (not waiting for extensive analysis before implementing change); (2) closeness to the customer (listening to customers' advice and responding to requests); (3) autonomy and entrepreneurship (rewarding self-initiative); (4) productivity through people (treating employees as adults and providing rewards for success); (5) hands-on, value-driven (selecting and emphasizing a few key values); (6) stick to the knitting (concentrating on those things the company is experienced with and does well); (7) simple form, lean staff (keeping central office staff to a minimum); and (8) simultaneous loose-tight properties (encouraging local-level decisionmaking while retaining central monitoring). A matrix is presented which applies the eight principles to the operational style of the school superintendent, school board, principal, teacher, and employment and training program staff. It is recommended that board members, administrators, and other staff review the matrix and consider ways to apply the principles to their own situations. (DC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.