Are concepts of organizational theory and concepts of individualized treatment contradictory?
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An effort has been made to establish the plausibility of the hypothesis that our present organizational theory (and organizations based upon it) is obsolete to the current objective of indidualization in the field of human services. A few alternatives have been advanced which might provide deorganized, yet humanized, assistance.
There can be no question as to the need for stopping what must be an endlessly frustrating experience for clients, who seem to be shuffled from program to program, each of which is only partly suitable to the individual's needs. The challenge to professionals in the human services appears to be either to develop a theory of organization which is capable of individualizing, or to deorganize.
KeywordsHuman Service Residential Care Organizational Theory Knowledge Resource Mental Hygiene
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