Bureaucratic or systems thinking organizational profile: Perceptions of principals and teachers

Tamar Chen-Levi

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    This study examines the organizational profile of schools when measured upon the bureaucratic-systemic continuum, where, the bureaucratic-hierarchical model is on one pole and the systems thinking model on the other. It is meant to explore perception of a school's organizational profile along this continuum, and to determine whether that perception varies from the bureaucratic-hierarchical model in certain areas, to the systems thinking model in others. Additionally, it endeavors to determine whether different groups of educational leaders within the school view the systemic thinking of a school in an identical or different manner. The study examines 28 schools, in which 350 principals and members of administrative staff, homeroom and subject-matter teachers are employed. The factors examined were: a) does the perception of a school's organizational profile tend more towards the bureaucratic-hierarchical model or the systems thinking model, b) does that perception depend on school level, and c)does it depend on faculty role? Results indicate that administrative staff members tend more towards a systems thinking model, and homeroom teachers tend towards it somewhat. Furthermore, perception of a school's model varies considerably based upon one of seven diagnostic factors, and that school level influences the perspective of the faculty, with elementary schools tending more towards a systemic thinking model. Finally, the role of faculty in conjunction with educational level combined have an effect upon perception. In conclusion, the findings of the study reflect the complexity of the organizational profiling of schools among faculty members.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSystems Thinking
    Subtitle of host publicationFoundation, Uses and Challenges
    PublisherNova Science Publisher Inc.
    Number of pages30
    ISBN (Electronic)9781634852418
    ISBN (Print)9781634852234
    StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

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    • Bureaucratic-hierarchical model
    • Organizational profile
    • Systems thinking model


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