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A QUANTITATIVE SYSTEM FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF INITIAL ORGANIZATIONAL NEEDS IN TRANSDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH

A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the College of Natural Science Michigan State University

In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Science

by

David Gordon Gossman

June 1979

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. THE PROBLEM AND DEFINITION OF TERMS USED

II. REVIEW IF THE LITERATURE

III. A SYSTEMATIC MODEL OF SPECIALTY RELATIONSHIPS

IV. ORGANIZATIONAL QUALITIES OF DIFFERENT RESEARCH METHODS AS RELATED TO MAJOR ORGANIZATIONAL THEORIES

V. DIFFERENTIATION OF THE INITIAL ORGANIZATIONAL NEEDS

VI. INFORMATION AND SPECIALTY NEEDS

VII. SPECIALTY PHILOSOPHICAL DIFFERENCES

VIII. SPECIALTY VOCABULARY DIFFERENCES

IX. DESIGN OF THE ORGANIZATIONAL MATRIX AND THE ASSESSMENT OF ORGANIZATIONAL COMPLEXITY

X. CONCLUSION

BIBLIOGRAPHY

APPENDICES