ERIC Number: ED318382
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
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Differentiation-Integration Organization Theory in Fund Development Programs of Public Research Universities.
Rao, Michael S.
The study reported in this paper applied contingency organization theory to the environment of fund development programs in public research universities. Of particular concern was the recent emphasis of these universities on private fund development and their increased relationships with external environments. Case studies of the development programs and development officers of three major public research universities were used to study the relationship between the universities' development programs and other subunits, the usefulness of organizational differentiation and integration in understanding the organizational and managerial structure of the development programs, applicability of C. Argyris' integration theory, and ways in which public research universities integrate their development programs. Thirty conclusions are derived from the data analysis, such as: the greatest degree of differentiation is likely to occur in the most centralized and externally oriented development programs, and communication between the development program and other subunits is most effective in a decentralized organizational structure. Practical implications and recommendations conclude the paper. Includes 10 references. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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