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Characteristics of Professional Organizations

Rue Bucher and Joan Stelling
Journal of Health and Social Behavior
Vol. 10, No. 1 (Mar., 1969), pp. 3-15
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2948501
Page Count: 13
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Abstract

Based upon a series of previous studies and ongoing research in three different organizations, this paper argues that bureaucratic theory is of limited value in the analysis of professional organizations. Professionals create their own distinctive social organization within a larger organization. A language of political process--emphasizing negotiation and shifting alliances--is more relevant to understanding such organizations.

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