ERIC Number: EJ1068398
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Abstractor: As Provided
Adult and Distance Education Management: An Application of the Metaphor "Organizations as Organisms"
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.
Descriptors: Adult Education, Distance Education, Organizations (Groups), Organizational Culture, Institutional Characteristics, Definitions, Figurative Language, Check Lists, Systems Approach
State University of West Georgia. 1601 Maple Street, Honors House, Carrollton, GA 30118. Tel: 678-839-5489; Fax: 678-839-0636; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.westga.edu/~distance/ojdla
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A