Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Vocation across the AcademyA New Vocabulary for Higher Education$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

David S. Cunningham

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190607104

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190607104.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 25 November 2020

Coordination, Community, Covenant

Coordination, Community, Covenant

Insights from Organization Theory

Chapter:
(p.133) 6 Coordination, Community, Covenant
Source:
Vocation across the Academy
Author(s):

Michael E. Cafferky

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190607104.003.0007

Higher education’s tendencies toward specialization can affect vocational exploration as well. Mentors and advisors often operate from their own particular perspectives; in the end, the student has to play the role of the “expert” who makes all the decisions. Drawing on organization theory, this chapter underscores the importance of integration and coordination in the vocational reflection process as a means of balancing the needs of the individual with those of the community, thereby promoting a greater awareness of group identity as well as self-identity. Here, the concept of covenant provides a way forward; the various contributors to a person’s vocational discernment can develop relationships that act not simply out of duty or contractual bond, but in a way that promotes the interests of all involved parties. The chapter concludes by examining some concrete ways in which academic institutions can implement more communally-oriented processes of discernment.

Keywords:   vocation, calling, organization theory, coordination, integration, covenant, individual vs. community, specialization, expertise

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .