By: Marie Smith
EPS 526 – Organizational Theory, Group Dynamics and Leadership
Part I Systems are everywhere. A person has a system how to wash clothes, how to wash dishes. A person even has a system how to write their term papers. The childcare sector has uses the system theory. “This is where writers, educators, consultants, and theorist help managers to look at the center from a broader perspective.” (Carter McNamara MBA)A system is getting input from the environment, to process a plan of action, implementing the plan to reach the common goal.
This brings me to the system theory. A system has interconnected parts that depend on each other to develop the mutual goal, which is a successful center. The interconnected parts are the environment, the processes, and the outcomes. Each component needs the support of the other to keep the common goal. According to Bloom the system theory is, “A set of interrelated parts that is characterized by the interdependence of its parts and it differentiation from its environment, a complex network of social relationships, and its own unique culture.” (Bloom, 2005, p. 5)
The environment is a place where input is implemented. When I think of a childcare center environment I think of children and how they develop. I think of the atmosphere, the setting, and the conditions that can spark the chil d’s analytical thinking abilities. But that is just the internal environment. The external environments consist of the parents, sponsoring agencies, local communities, legislative bodies, and the professional communities / teachers. “The external environment places constraints and demands on the center.” (Bloom, 2005)
The external environment is the input and processing stage. This is a collaboration of people and agencies that come up with strategies to support the development of the center. The centers that have sponsors have money and agencies that
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