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Reinventing education: Self-inquiry as a generator of new variety


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  • Chris Sigaloff
  • Jan Gerrit Schuurman
  • Iselien Nabben

    (Nyenrode Business Universiteit)

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    In a public school organisation in the Netherlands a number of problems was met, failing internal governance being the most crucial one. In this kind of situation, the demand for change and improvement often leads to the adoption of a blueprint. A blueprint is a model for change, which has been applied elsewhere, and functions as an example for the situation at hand. Sadly enough, maintaining a blueprint of some sort often leads to meagre results and a number of negative side effects. A principal reason for this failure is that the efficacy of the blueprint depends on the control it exerts. However, most of the problems in society and institutions do not have to do with a lack of control, but with the problem that our institutions are not sufficiently capable of dealing with unexpected variation generated by the actors in a changing environment. In this paper we argue that this problem exists because often actors behave as if they were restricted instances of a category (e.g.: manager, teacher, parent). What is needed is an alternative approach. Hence, a construct is introduced, which was later articulated in terms of the myth of the round table. It is argued that the round table bypasses the imposition of a blueprint, by stimulating a process of selfinquiry and actor-configuration.

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    Paper provided by Nyenrode Business Universiteit in its series Nyenrode Research Papers Series with number 05-04.

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    Date of creation: 2005
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    Handle: RePEc:dgr:nijrep:2005-04

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    Keywords: Change programs; management theory; management development; blueprint; source of authority; actor position; actor configuration; self-inquiry; reinvention; variation generator.;

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