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The Structure and Dynamics of Schools and Business: Do They Face Similar Issues?


  • Veronica Jacobsen
  • Alex Duncan
  • Alister Hunt


The main aims of the report are to: (1) gain a better understanding of key economic forces shaping choices available to schools; (2) build up our practical knowledge of how other organisations deal with the kinds of issues facing schools; and (3) bridge the gap between the view that economics has nothing useful to say about how to organise education and the view that education is just another business and should be treated as such. The report draws on analogies from the business world to highlight parallels between the operating environment facing schools and businesses. It also identifies some important features of schooling which do not have a strong parallel in the business world, which suggests care needs to be taken not to draw too much from any individual example.

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  • Veronica Jacobsen & Alex Duncan & Alister Hunt, 1999. "The Structure and Dynamics of Schools and Business: Do They Face Similar Issues?," Treasury Working Paper Series 99/11, New Zealand Treasury.
  • Handle: RePEc:nzt:nztwps:99/11 Note: Veronica Jacobsen, Alex Duncan and Alister Hunt from Arthur Anderson (contract to NZ Treasury)

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