Analysis of an organisation: A University of the Third Age (U3A), Mornington, Victoria

Author: Michael Small

U3A, Mornington

Edition: Volume 57, Number 1, April 2017

Summary: The purpose of this paper is two fold: to look at Mornington U3A in organisational terms and then look at U3AM as a loosely coupled system.  One outcome of the study would be to undertake further analyses of U3As in Victoria to determine the levels of bureaucracy under which each operates.  Questions to be asked: are U3As in Victoria operating as bureaucracies and so need to be loosened up? Or are they run as organisational anarchies and need to be tightened up?

Keywords: organisation, loosely coupled systems, bureaucracy, collegial, rational, mechanistic, anarchic, goals, efficiency, effectiveness

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