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Administrators' perceived role vulnerability - A comparison of centralized domesticated and decentralized undomesticated organizations

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In what way is administrators' perceived role vulnerability (PRV) related to the organization's structural characteristics? A comparison of administrators' PRV is made of "domesticated" centralized public schools and "undomesticated" self-governed community centers, both operating and serving children and parents in the same neighborhoods. The findings obtained indicate that school administrators perceive vulnerability to be greater than do community center administrators. These findings are rather surprising considering that public schools are not involved in competition for clients. It is therefore argued that much depends on the degree of autonomy and flexibility that administrators have and that introducing competition to schools has to be synchronized with the autonomy and freedom of action delegated to school administrators.
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Keywords: Autonomy; Community Relations; Competition; Perception

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 4, 2001

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