ERIC Number: ED455894
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
The Administrative Theory and Its Application to Decision Making in the Community College.
This paper investigates the administrative theory and its application in the community college organization. It identifies four assumptions regarding administration: (1) administration is an integrated part of all human life; (2) administration is the process of directing and controlling life in a social organization; (3) the specific function of administration is to develop and regulate the decision-making process in the most effective manner possible; and (4) administrators work with groups or individuals with a group referent, not with individuals as such. The paper argues that administrators regard individuals as members of a group, e.g., a faculty member is a member of a group of instructors rather than an individual. It goes on to present the three elements of the competency concept: (1) Job--critical task; (2) Theory--method of performing critical task; and (3) Know-How--operational beliefs, skills, and knowledge needed to perform task. The paper also discusses the dependency concept designed by Chris Argyris and E. Wight Bakke. According to this theory, in order to create a unified, self-maintaining work group, the members of the group must be placed in a dependent relationship to the organizational leader. Finally, since the individual cannot fulfill his or her needs or goals without the organization, and the organization exists to fulfill its own needs and goals, a fusion of the two is necessary. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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