Organizational Deviance: An Examination of Academic Administration

Stephen E. Brown, East Tennessee State University
John P. Wright, University of Cincinnati

Definitions of deviance are widely debated with many dozens appearing in the literature. This paper will examine definitions of deviance and follow lines that others have pursued in examining organizational deviance. It will do so in the context of one specific arena that has been neglected in the literature. While deviance among both university faculty and students has been explored, the delivery of services within academic institutions are divided into faculty and administrative roles. Prior conceptualization of campus deviance will be extended into the administrative realm, with an attempt to develop a typology. The relationship of deviance within this segment of the university and other portions of the organization will be considered.

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