Tracing organizational theory (OT) early framings (Perrow, 1970) to more recent applications in schools, this essay suggests organizational change may be a productive central focus for future OT thinking. Positing that organizations exist so that mutually agreed upon outcomes may be generated; it is argued that discovering how learning occurs within school organizations has the potential to increase understanding concerning the outcomes of work in school organizations. The work concludes with a call for the field to move beyond the development of a theory of school organization to a focus on theorizing around the core issues that school leaders face in order to provide direction toward achieving valued outcomes.

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