Analyzing Problems in Schools and School Systems: A Theoretical Approach

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Analysis of an Organizational Decision: The Placement Process of the Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities*

Josephine Jane Pavese


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This chapter introduces, discusses, and analyzes an organizational decision situation with regard to the information base on which the decision is made and the larger decision context. Both the information base and the context will be analyzed using four sociological paradigms.

The first two sections introduce the decision to be analyzed and place it in the larger context of the organization. The third section discusses the information base for the decision, presenting six main sources of information as well as five types of information necessary and available to decision makers. The six sources of information are then analyzed individually to determine the types of information each provides to decision makers and the ways in which it is made available to them.

The fourth section examines the sequential steps typically followed in the decision situation. In light of the previous section's information base analysis, it attempts to explore in detail how the types of information, gathered from various sources, are used in the stepwise decision process.

With this outline of the decision process and the information base on which it rests in mind, the article proceeds to analyze the sociological and epistemological

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This chapter was originally submitted as a term paper for a class in Organizational Analysis, Department of Administration, Training and Policy Studies, School of Education, Boston University, Spring 1990.

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