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Garbage Can Theory

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Leticia Zayas

on 28 September 2012

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Transcript of Garbage Can Theory

System works in a state of organized chaos

Unclear Technology: processes unclear but work through trial and error

Participants vary in time and effort and level of importance to the task Picture a garbage can and both solutions and problems are dumped into it by any of the participants. Faculty, administrators, staff, and students.

You may have cans that are labeled for different types of problems and solutions but who is to sift through it, and how often, and where should it be taken? Garbage Can Theory This Theory is best described as organized anarchy, loosely coupled, or an ambiguous style of organization. Parts of
the Process Choices Problems Flow Energy How does
this Work? Decisions are reactive

Choices made by flight or over-sight

Most active during busy times

Putting out fires

Revisiting the same issues

Silo effect vs. One stop

Triage style

Importance level and attention Where do you see
this in Higher Education? It is not all Garbage.
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