Critical Reflections on the Past, Present and Future Development of Organisational Evaluation

  • Amanda Gregory


This paper is about the pattern of development of organisational evaluation. Following a review of Bruscaglioni’s theory of the development of organisational theory (1982), the question is posed ‘what does all this imply for evaluation theory?’. It will be argued that evaluation has progressed from the ‘isolation of approaches stage,’ during which the goal, system-resource and multi-actor were each seen to be, at different times, the ‘best’ model of evaluation, to the ‘mechanical complementarism’ stage. Use will be made of Flood and Jackson’s Total Systems Intervention (TSI) (1991 (a)) as a mechanical approach which might be relevant in the evaluation context. Finally, an assessment will be made of what the final stage of development, ‘the integration of approaches,’ might hold for evaluation theory and practice.


Evaluation Theory Evaluation Methodology Goal Model Organizational Effectiveness System Methodology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amanda Gregory
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  1. 1.School of Computing and Information SystemsUniversity of HumbersideHullUK

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