Portland State University. School of Social Work
Date of Award
Master of Social Work (MSW)
1 online resource (127 p.)
This study will focus on a particular program (The Area Agency on Aging) which was developed in response to the problems of fragmentation among the service delivery system for the aging.
In so doing, two very important questions will be answered:
1. To what extent do the characteristics of the Area Agency on Aging resemble a vertically-oriented organization?
2. To what extent does the Area Agency on Aging gear its activities toward the coordination of services for the elderly?
The basic assumption is that because the Area Agency on Aging resembles another vertically- oriented organization, its main focus of attention will be on internal concerns (i.e., survival) rather than inter-organizational activities.
Kurren, Beth M., "The vertically-oriented organization : a theoretical perspective" (1977). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 1988.