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ERIC Number: EJ834416
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3124
Archetypes of Destruction: Notes on the Impact of Distorted Management Theory on Education Communities
Chater, Mark
International Journal of Leadership in Education, v8 n1 p3-19 Jan 2005
Management's current self-consciousness as a young but privileged discipline situated among other fields of knowledge is critically interpreted. The praxis of management is found to lack characteristics of stability and self-reflection belonging to other, older academic disciplines. The use of the concept of "gods of mismanagement" is an application of the Jungian concept of archetypes, the methods of anthropology and management philosophy, to gain an empirical description and analysis of distorting factors in key management realities. Four essential characteristics of managed life in educational organisations--change, commitment, accountability and leadership--are portrayed as seriously distorted in public sector education. The notion of malign "gods" or "deities" who preside over the distortions and to some extent govern them is deliberately non-cognitive and non-technical. Finally, it is suggested that, although management theory is to some extent aware of its own defects and of distorting factors in its impact on public sector education, it cannot overcome them without beginning to behave like older, more established traditions, particularly in developing a more deeply rooted basis for ethics. (Contains 1 note.)
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Language: English
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