Teacher Ownership/Democratic Governance Category 5

Here is a collection of articles written on the EdVisions model and network schools.

Teacher Ownership/Democratic Governance articles

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Category 5: Incorporate a consensus decision-making model.

Akdere, M. (2011). An analysis of decision-making process in organizations: Implications for quality management and systematic practice. Total Quality Management & Business Excellence22(12), 1317-1330.

Decision-making is an integral organizational process that impacts every level including: individual, group, and organization. It is often associated with problem-solving and group processes in the organizational structure. With the advance of technology and our ability to engage in more streamlined business, the role of decision-making in today's organizations became even more critical. Organizational members are often left with making fast and rapid decisions without being furnished with knowledge and skills to make them. This paper first provides an overview of different decision-making processes including: brainstorming, affinity diagramming, force-field analysis, flow charting, planning matrix, unilateral decision-making, consultative decision-making, voting decision-making, and consensus decision-making; and consequently, analyses the utility of decision-making process in organizational settings and investigate their implications for quality management in organizations. The findings of this study demonstrate the integral link between decision-making and various organizational processes such as quality decision-making, systematic planning, performance, and learning.

Bradley, A. (2010). The time has come to embrace: Millennial perspectivesT+D64(8), 22.

This article discusses the results of a survey by integrated marketing agency, Mr. Youth, and market research consultancy, Intrepid, which investigated the attitudes of members of the Millennial generation on business organization, products, and marketing. The survey found that Millennials tended to prefer consensus-based decision making, interactive technology and marketing, and word-of-mouth recommendations.

Engle, P. (2012). The importance of gaining consensusIndustrial Engineer: IE44(10), 22.

The author discusses the importance of consensus-building in organizations. He observes that during the 1980s, U.S. companies began to absorb lessons about the value of consensus from their Japanese counterparts. Among the prerequisites for successful consensus-building, are a willingness on the part of management to support dissenting views and a commitment of adequate resources to the decision-making process.

Smith, C. A. (2017). When to go to the mat. Educational Leadership74(8), 74-76.

This article discusses the go-to-the-mat wrestling metaphor in relation to educational leadership and issues involving students, colleagues, and programs that require decisive action as opposed to continued discourse and consensus-building. The author's experiences as a literacy department chairperson at a university are examined, along with motivation, values, and the reasons why leaders take decisive action. Self-knowledge and leadership capacity are also assessed.

Urfalino, P. (2014). The rule of non-opposition: Opening up decision-making by consensus. Journal of Political Philosophy22(3), 320-341.

This article proposes a precise characterization of the collective practice behind at least an important part of the phenomena named decision by consensus. Topics discussed include descriptions of the use of the rule of non-opposition, the complementary rule, the usual way of understanding the rule of non-opposition, its contrast with voting, and the conditions of its use. A discussion on whether consensus in decision-making is as democratic a procedure as it is sometimes thought is also offered.