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Implementation of a Matrix Organizational Structure [microform] : A Case Study / David M. Whorton
Bib ID 5485334
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Author
Whorton, David M
 
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1986 
21 p. 
Summary

The implementation of a matrix structure as an alternative to the traditional collegial/bureaucratic form at a college of education in a medium-size state university is described. Matrix organizational structures are differentiated from hierarchical bureaucratic structures by dividing the organization's tasks into functional units across which an array of project and/or product units work. Shifting to a matrix structure may only be a temporary measure as the organization attempts to respond to environmental changes that it should have adapted to incrementally. A new Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) was created at the university, and the dean and department chairs from the old college of education were replaced. There are five functional divisions, each managed by a director: professional programs, field-based programs, educational services, research, and vocational education. The results of changing the organizational structure are analyzed, and projections of the utility of this and other nontraditional organizational forms for future use in higher education institutions are presented. Views of Thomas Peters concerning the matrix organization are also considered. (SW)

Notes

ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Visions of Higher Education Conference, Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute (Zurich, Switzerland, August 19, 1986).

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Case Studies.  |  Higher Education.  |  Organizational Change.  |  Organizational Theories.  |  Program Administration.  |  School Organization.  |  Schools of Education.  |  State Universities.  |  Matrix Management
Form/genre Reports, Descriptive.  |  Speeches/Meeting Papers.
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