The development of an organisational boundary analytical framework for the study of educational organisations

David H Eddy Spicer, Chris James

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Abstract

This paper develops an organisational boundary analytical framework for the study of educational organisations. It analyses the organisational boundary literature, critiques analyses of organisational boundaries and examines two different theories of organisational practice, systems psychodynamics and activity theory, to develop a comprehensive framework.
The framework comprises four elements: the animator element which distinguishes the rationale that defines the system and its motive; the process element; the temporal element; and the material element which demarcates physical constraints and the way affordances of the lived world are taken up. There are two dimensions: distinction, the extent to which boundaries demarcate; and threshold, the degree to which boundaries regulate movement and asymmetries in that regulation. The third aspect concerns boundary development over time.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 3 May 2010
EventAmerican Educational Research Association Annual Meeting - Denver, CO., USA United States
Duration: 30 Apr 20104 May 2010

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ConferenceAmerican Educational Research Association Annual Meeting
CountryUSA United States
CityDenver, CO.
Period30/04/104/05/10

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    Eddy Spicer, D. H., & James, C. (2010). The development of an organisational boundary analytical framework for the study of educational organisations. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO., USA United States.