Measuring rational and organizational-political planning activities of community organization workers

Amnon Boehm, Howard Litwin

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Social planning in community organization work reflects two dominant planning styles-a rational style and an organizational-political style. Drawing upon literature from related disciplines, this article describes the development of an expert test that identified indices for the measurement of rational planning activity on the one hand, and organizational-political planning activity on the other. These indices were then applied to investigate the patterns of planning activities of a sample of 138 community organization workers in Israel. The findings show varying tendencies of workers in implementing planning activities, and indicate a lack of homogenous consolidated task patterns. Workers also were found to focus more on traditional planning activities than upon activities based on new knowledge. The findings underscore the importance of identifying factors which influence the tendency of workers to engage in planning activities in the two styles, rational and organizational-political.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-35
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Community Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - 3 Sep 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Community organizations
  • Indices
  • Organizational planning
  • Rational planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration


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