Organizational Learning Contracts: New and Traditional Colleges

Hardcover | May 1, 2011

byPaul S. Goodman

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The state of higher education today is one of change and stasis. Economic vulnerability, globalization, technological innovation, and an increasingly competitive market underlie the need for change in higher education. At the same time, there are strong and stubborn forces at work supportingthe status quo. Though daunting, institutions of higher education can create effective organizational change, but their foundational philosophies must be re-examined in the process. This book addresses a new concept, the organizational learning contract, a shared agreement among the faculty, staff, and students in an educational institution about what, how, where, and when learning should take place. Goodman, who has pioneered the concept in his work with new and traditionalinstitutions, examines the consequences of strong and weak contracts while bridging theory with practice. In the first section, Goodman develops the concept of the organizational learning contract, builds measures, and looks at the consequences of strong versus weak contracts on student andinstitutional effectiveness indicators. The second section, which includes the perspectives of two leaders of start-up institutions who have created new organizational contracts, explores issues of design and change in introducing the concept into new and existing institutions.Ultimately, Goodman asks: If you could start from the beginning, with appropriate resources, how would you design a new institution? The answers have implications for all colleges and universities, as well as the future of higher education across the globe.

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The state of higher education today is one of change and stasis. Economic vulnerability, globalization, technological innovation, and an increasingly competitive market underlie the need for change in higher education. At the same time, there are strong and stubborn forces at work supportingthe status quo. Though daunting, institutions...

Paul S. Goodman is Richard M. Cyert Professor of Organizational Psychology and Director of the Institute for Strategic Development at Carnegie Mellon University. For 20 years he has built global alliances for Carnegie Mellon University throughout the world. His documentary films about work have appeared on PBS and internationally.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:May 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199738653

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Table of Contents

Theory and Empirical Results1. Introduction2. Organizational Learning Contracts3. Research Plan4. Student Expectations for New and Traditional Colleges5. Learning6. EffectivenessPractice7. Some Challenges of Creating an Entirely New Academic Institution8. Starting Up the School of Information Systems at Singapore Management University: Critical Success Factors and Questions of Balance9. Design Issues10. Conclusion and Future IssuesBibliographyAppendix 1. Wave 1 QuestionnaireAppendix 2. Wave 1 Coding SheetAppendix 3. Wave 2 Dimension Survey