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Managing boundaries in organizations

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The notion of boundaries is a key concept in the psychology of individuals, families and groups. Organizational literature, to date has discussed boundary spanners and boundary spanning activities and the importance of effectively managing boundaries (Aldrich and Herker, 1977; adams, 1976). How boundaries are managed and how that relates to the levels of differentiation and integration necessary for effective functioning within organizations, has not been addressed sufficiently, however. This paper explores how boundaries are established and negotiated at multiple levels of analysis. Several common themes emerge, and these are discussed in relation to their application in a partial hospital programme. Finally, implications are drawn regarding organizational analysis and intervention

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