The Organizational Approach versus the Societal Approach to Development in Emerging Nations.

by Paul T. McClure

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A comparison of two methods of analysis that determine the focal point for a nation's development processes. The societal approach compares public administration systems of several nations or regions at the same point in time or analyzes one system at different times. Although historically valuable, this approach is dysfunctional for use by a developing nation since it stimulates imitation regardless of the differences between the societies under comparison. A better approach is to evaluate an organization's interaction with society by use of an organizational model, to obtain variables that can be understood and manipulated as needed for a national agency to function more effectively. Since efficiency and effectiveness on an organizational level are tantamount to development, such models can be valuable to all countries, regardless of their developmental status. 34 pp. Bibliog.

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