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ERIC Number: EJ1068398
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
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Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1556-3847
Adult and Distance Education Management: An Application of the Metaphor "Organizations as Organisms"
Black, Linda
Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, v6 n4 Win 2003
This paper discusses the metaphor "organizations as organisms" as conceived of by Garith Morgan (1997, 1998) in the books "Images of Organization" and "Images of Organization: The Executive Edition." It applies the metaphor to adult and in particular distance education management and organizations in an attempt to conceptualize the incredibly complex reality of management and organizational life. Based on ideas infused by the metaphor as well as scholarly literature, the paper provides a checklist of phenomena characteristic of "living" systems within adult distance education (refer to Appendix A) and a list of guiding questions (refer to Appendix B) intended to stimulate thought regarding the health, or alternatively the non-health, of adult and distance education management and organizations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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