The Institution of Higher Education - A functional perspective

Moshe Telem*

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The typical Institution of Higher Education (IHE) is usually a large and complex organization. This article develops a framework that fits, with minor if any differences, all IHEs with the aim of improving our understanding of the IHEs functional organizational structure, administrative processes, and its information needs. This framework can be used both as a tool for research as well as for practical application. This article will focus on identifying: (1) the principal functional subsystems of the IHE; (2) their main interrelations; and (3) their interrelations with the external environment. It will be seen that the IHE's functional subsystems cluster into seven upper-level functional systems and two super-functional systems. Special attention will be given to the nature of the functional subsystem in itself.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)581-596
Number of pages16
JournalHigher Education
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1981


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