This collection is a representative set of ten of the key papers which Thomas Greenfield, arguably the doyen of contemporary theories of educational administration, has published over the last twenty years. His writings as they appear are eagerly sought after and studied by scholars, students and practitioners in Britain and across the English-speaking world, but are not always readibly available individually. The collection charts the development of Greenfield's views of social reality as human invention, and explores strands of argument on the nature of knowledge, on admininstrative theory and research, on values, on the limits of science and the importance of human subjectivity, truth and reality. The volume is concluded by a discussion between Greenfield and Peter Ribbins, which reflects on Greenfield's career and elaborates on the range of his complex and often controversial ideas.
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`This is a most welcome text. Welcome on a least two counts. First, it brings together in a unique volume the `top ten' of Tom Greenfield's papers,…Second, it reinforces, for both Greenfield afficionados and novitiates, the stance that `organisations are in people, nothing beyond them, nothing less'…An excellent book, sadly unique. A multiple copy `must' for Education Management library stocks.' - Educational Management and Administration