ERIC Number: ED429518
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Improvement to Emergence: An Organization-Environment Research Agenda for a Postsecondary Knowledge Industry.
Peterson, Marvin W.
This paper argues that establishing a research agenda to study the changing nature of postsecondary institutions as organizations is best done by examining their organization-environment interface, and it suggests an agenda based on historical perspective; a contingency model, or framework, of the organization-environment interaction; and a discussion of implications for the future. The paper is organized into five broad sections: (1) the contingency model of the organization-environment interface; (2) an historical analysis, based on this model, of the evolution of our conceptual understanding of colleges and universities as complex organizations since World War II; (3) a presentation of several emerging societal conditions that influence the current higher education environment and provide a contrast to recent history; (4) discussion of the key characteristics and institutional implications of the emerging postsecondary knowledge industry; and (5) a proposed research agenda that examines this emerging postsecondary knowledge industry and its impact on postsecondary institutions as organizations, the focus of which is on redefining the industry, redirecting relationships and mission, reorganizing institutions, and renewal of the academic workplace. (Contains 65 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Postsecondary Improvement, Stanford, CA.