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Author Johnson, Angela
Title Organization Change in Higher Education: Transforming Institutions of Learning into Learning Organizations
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Descript 39 p
Note Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 49-05, page: 2903
Adviser: Robert J. Hartl
Thesis (M.A.)--The College of St. Scholastica, 2011
This paper discusses how the subcultures of higher education institutions can be better integrated through the process of organization development (OD), thereby transforming the institution into a learning organization as conceived by Peter Senge (1990a). A Bohmian dialogue session was conducted at a small Midwestern private college, The College of St. Scholastica, to solicit feedback from faculty, staff, and administration about the level of integration of the subcultures, potential barriers to organizational and double-loop learning, and suggestions for addressing those barriers. Researchers summarized participants' comments during the dialogue, and a modified content analysis was used to identify themes related to organizational learning. The five main factors influencing organizational learning that emerged were: 1) communication, 2) the compartmentalized organizational structure, 3) decision-making processes at the administrative level, 4) role clarity, and 5) time for reflective learning. Participants offered suggestions for improvement that would need to be initiated at the administrative level. Interaction across the subgroups could be improved through increased and more open communication, more frequent opportunities for social interaction, more inclusive decision-making processes, role clarification, and a decided emphasis on the importance of reflective learning. Implementing these changes will result in enhanced collaboration among the organization's subgroups, thereby promoting organizational learning. This study also offers a model to other higher education institutions for how OD principles can be used in the higher education environment to facilitate transformational change through the integration of organizational subcultures
School code: 0614
Host Item Masters Abstracts International 49-05
Subject Education, Leadership
Business Administration, Management
Education, Higher
Alt Author The College of St. Scholastica. Management
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