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ERIC Number: EJ862116
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0160-8061
"Walden Two" Revisited: Optimizing Behavioral Systems
Abernathy, William B.
Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, v29 n2 p175-192 2009
There has been little recent discussion about Skinner's utopian vision as presented in Walden Two. Organizational Behavior Management could revitalize interest in this topic through its discussion of Behavioral Systems Analysis. A brief review of utopian thought and Walden Two is provided. Four recommendations are offered to improve the viability and effectiveness of Skinner's original utopian concepts: (a) experiment with utopian ideas in existing organizations rather than create new independent communities; (b) apply advances in performance measurement and performance pay to refine Walden Two's work "credit" system; (c) address the problem of poor performing members by implementing performance management; and (d) refine Walden Two's self-management "code" and general administration. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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