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Title:Bounded and unbounded organisation
Authors:Andersson, Gavin
Richards, HowardISNI
Year:2012
Periodical:Africanus (ISSN 0304-615X)
Volume:42
Issue:1
Pages:98-119
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:civil society
coalitions
United Democratic Front
organizations
management
Abstract:In this article a distinction between bounded organization and unbounded organization is proposed and the latter is recommended as more useful to societal endeavour and development. Bounded organization is auto-centric, unbounded organization is not. An initial definition of 'unbounded organization' is given, and then clarified and elaborated throughout the article. The application of Kurt Lewin's social psychology to organizational development illustrates bounded organization. The United Democratic Front (South Africa, 1983-1991), a non-racial coalition of about 400 civic, church, students', workers' and other organizations, is an example of unbounded organisation. In this article the 'bounded-unbounded' distinction is defended against criticisms commonly levelled against comprehensive progressive ideas. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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