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ERIC Number: ED427610
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 19
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The Life Cycle of Academic Management Fads. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Birnbaum, Robert
This study reviewed the literature to trace the evolution and life cycles of seven management techniques related to higher education. The seven case studies involved analysis of a selected sample of periodical, monograph, and technical literature from 1960 to the present. The literature base on each management technique was reviewed in reference to the following aspects: essential characteristics of the management innovation, circumstances in which the innovation originally appeared, diffusion of the innovation into higher education, outcomes of the innovation in its original and higher education settings, and reasons for eventual abandonment of the technique. The seven management innovations considered were: (1) program planning budgeting system; (2) zero-based budgeting; (3) management by objectives; (4) strategic planning; (5) total quality management/continuous quality improvement; (6) business process reengineering; and (7) benchmarking. The analysis proposes stages in the life cycle of management fads within organizational sectors, suggests the lagged phases through which fads are diffused between the nonacademic and the academic sectors, and discusses similarities and differences in the fad adoption process in both academic and nonacademic systems. (Contains 28 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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