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The Evaluation Society$
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Peter Dahler-Larsen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804776929

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804776929.001.0001

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Organizational Understandings

Organizational Understandings

Rational, Learning, and Institutionalized Organization

(p.33) 1 Organizational Understandings
The Evaluation Society
Stanford University Press

This chapter introduces three different models that help in the study of evaluation from the viewpoint of organizational theory. These three models are the institutionalized organization, the rational organization, and the learning organization. The institutionalized organization provides important contrast to the ideals of the rational and learning organizations, while the rational organization gives a primary ideal for the very occurrence of organization within today's society. Finally, learning organization zeroes in on the ideal that most evaluators share.

Keywords:   organizational theory, evaluation, institutionalized organization, rational organization, learning organization, ideals, evaluators

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