How colleges work: the cybernetics of academic organization and leadership

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Jossey-Bass, 1988 - Business & Economics - 253 pages
One of the best theoretical and applied analyses of university academic organization and leadership in print. This book is significant because it is not only thoughtfully developed and based on careful reading of the extensive literature on leadership and governance, but it is also deliberately intAnded to enable the author to bridge the gap between theories of organization, on one hand, and practical application, on the other. ?Journal of Higher Education

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Contents

Problems of Governance Management
3
Trustees and Faculty
9
Controls Mission and Management Power Compliance
15
Prestige and Rank Other Organizational
27
The Structure
30
Interacting Components
53
Problems of Calculation
78
Sharing Power
85
Competing for Power
128
Characteristics of Political Systems Loops
140
Finding Meaning
151
Goals Unclear Technology Fluid Participation
157
Solutions Participants GarbageCan Decision Making
167
Integrating the Models
175
Effective Administration and Leadership in
201
Leading Cybernetically Complicating the Controller
225

of Collegial Systems Loops of Interaction in Collegial
98
Obeyed Listen Reduce Status Differences Encourage
104
Rationalizing
105
Characteristics of Bureaucratic Systems Loops
120
References
231
Index
245
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About the author (1988)

ROBERT BIRNBAUM is Professor of Higher Education Emeritus at the University of Maryland, College Park, and was formerly Professor and Chair of the Department of Higher and Adult Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has held administrative appointments as Vice-chancellor of the City University of New York, Vice-chancellor of the New Jersey Department of Higher Education, and Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. Birnbaum is author, co-author, or editor of nine books and numerous articles in scholarly and professional journals related to higher education leadership and organization, and the role of higher education in society.

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