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`Aims to enhance management practice in education by presenting research findings and theory from a wide range of contributors' - Skills and Enterprise Update 'This is indeed a book which could be useful to a much larger readership than the normal closed circle of those working in education' - Managing Schools Today The book presents relevant research and theory in order to enhance management practice in education. The editors' intention is to articulate good practice on the basis of evidence in educational settings. The ideas presented here are derived from international research and practice and apply to all phases of education, with the emphasis on applying research findings t

Organisational Structures and Roles
Organisational structures and roles
Introduction: The Nature and Purpose of Organisational Structure

Structure refers to the formal pattern of relationships between people in organisations. It expresses the ways in which people relate to each other in order to achieve organisational objectives. O'Neill's (1994, p.109) definition captures the main features of structure and shows its relationship with the concept of ‘role’: ‘Structure embodies … a formal description of roles, authority, relationships and positions within the organisation.’ Everard and Morris (1996, p.x) also demonstrate the links between structure and roles: ‘An organisation's structure embraces the organisation chart, the committees, the departments, the roles, [and] the hierarchical levels and authority.’

Structure is often represented by diagrams or charts which show the authorised pattern of relationships between members ...

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