Date of Award

Summer 1971

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Hanlon, James M.

Second Advisor

Steeves, Frank L.

Third Advisor

DeRoche, Edward


This study is an examination industrial long-range planning techniques to determine their possibilities for application to education. An attempt was made in the study to isolate the elements of the industrial planning process in order to ascertain whether an educational planning model could be constructed. The study dealt primarily with the process of planning rather than with the hierarchy of plans or the type of plans. In the study of the planning process the emphasis was more upon individuals and the interaction that took place between them as to participation in the activities of the organization. The initial procedure in the study was to make a comprehensive study of industrial management techniques, particularly planning, before a study was initiated or the author contacted selected industrial firms. The planning executives in the firms studied provided considerable data on the conceptions of their plans, the characteristics and the sequence of planning procedures. Many of the principles offered in the data gathered were applicable for a variety of management functions, rather than being specifically related to only planning practices, but as the investigation proceeded, the author was able to uncover much valuable data regarding the process inherent in industrial planning. Considerable time and attention in the study dealt with the definition of the concept referred to in industrial planning which necessarily resulted in the need for preparing a "translation" of such procedures so that they could be more applicable to the educational scene. The basic assumption of the study was that the planning which exists in industry is successful and that it has great potential for education. Many of the industrial firms contacted were not especially willing to share their materials with the research for fear that they would receive general distribution. This fact was only further evidence that the planning mechanism was considered valuable to the firm and was actually "in use"...



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