ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY: AROUND THE BLOCK AGAIN? MOVING FORWARD? OR BOTH?

KAREN SEASHORE LOUIS

Abstract


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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