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Four Faces of Educational Organizations
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
1983 (English)In: Higher Education, ISSN 0018-1560, E-ISSN 1573-174X, Vol. 12, no 2, 231-241 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article attempts to explore the presumed distinctive character of educational organizations. This is done by explicating and proposing an integration of four organizational models. The models are called: the rational-, the political-, the social system-, and the anarchistic model, respectively. A basic assumption is that the models represent four complementary dimensions of organizations, rather than four mutually exclusive alternatives. A typology is outlined, indicating a set of conditions under which the four dimensions are assumed to be differently salient. In conclusion, it is argued that educational organizations may be conceived of as involving an interplay of four dimensions characterized by the keywords: truth (the rational dimension), trust (the social dimension), power (the political dimension), and foolishness (the anarchistic dimension).

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1983. Vol. 12, no 2, 231-241 p.
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educational organizations, organization theory, higher education
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-78392DOI: 10.1007/BF00136639OAI: diva2:532267
Available from: 2012-06-10 Created: 2012-06-10 Last updated: 2012-07-06

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