The SAGE Handbook of School Organization presents a substantial review of the history, current status and future prospects of the field of school organization. Bringing together chapters exploring key issues, important debates and points of tension, the Handbook highlights the dynamics and interplay of the political, social, historical and cultural contexts of the field. This volume is designed to provide a much-needed critically informed and coherent account of the field, against a backdrop of increasing complexity in which schooling as an institution and schools as organizations operate. Part I: Schools as organizations; Part II: The leadership, management and governance of schools as organizations; Part III: Theoretical perspectives on schools as organizations; Part IV: Organizing in schools; and Part V: Researching schools as organizations.
Chapter 11: Organizational Culture in Schools: A Review of A Widely Misunderstood Concept
[Page 177]As a theoretical construct, organizational culture continues to be subject to controversy and debate. Generally defined as the assumptions, values, and beliefs that guide appropriate workplace behaviour, organizational culture has long been a major area of interest in academic research, management and policy practice, and education. While we broadly accept this definition, we recognize that the very notion of culture is itself open to debate, a topic we will explore later. Theories concerning how organizational culture are created, overseen, directed, and changed ...