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The development of an organisational boundary analytical framework for the study of educational organisations


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Eddy Spicer, D. H. and James, C., 2010. The development of an organisational boundary analytical framework for the study of educational organisations. In: American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, 2010-04-30 - 2010-05-04, Denver, CO..

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    Abstract

    This paper develops an organisational boundary analytical framework for the study of educational organisations. It analyses the organisational boundary literature, critiques analyses of organisational boundaries and examines two different theories of organisational practice, systems psychodynamics and activity theory, to develop a comprehensive framework. The framework comprises four elements: the animator element which distinguishes the rationale that defines the system and its motive; the process element; the temporal element; and the material element which demarcates physical constraints and the way affordances of the lived world are taken up. There are two dimensions: distinction, the extent to which boundaries demarcate; and threshold, the degree to which boundaries regulate movement and asymmetries in that regulation. The third aspect concerns boundary development over time.

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    Item Type Conference or Workshop Items (Paper)
    CreatorsEddy Spicer, D. H.and James, C.
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Education
    RefereedYes
    StatusUnpublished
    ID Code23713
    Additional InformationPresented as part of the Organizational Theory SIG Paper Session: The Places, People, and Ideas of Organizations

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