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What's the Purpose? What's the Use?: A Review of a Management __________ Science Spe

Published 1973

by Garry D. Brewer

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This review begins by questioning the purpose served by the production of a special issue, especially in view that the topic "Urban Issues" is so vast and ill-defined. Basic ideas about determining the principles of selection invoked and matching the individual contributions against a systematic check list, such as the extent to which distinct problem-solving tasks had been accomplished, are then laid out. Both of these ideas are treated by way of assessing the individual contributions and then aggregating these partial perspectives to get a better sense of the overall issue. Contributions are broken down graphically according to the topics discussed, who the likely audience might be, and what the basic purposes of the article are. The author concludes that there is little reason to produce an "Urban Issues III" because the organizing concept is too amorphous and vague and it contains too many deserving logical possibilities for inclusion. 23 pp. (ETG)

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