Homans' Theory Of The Human Group: Applications To Problems of Administration, Policy, and Staff Training In Group Service Agencies

By Melvin B. Mogulof, David G. French, Leonard M. Bloksberg, Walter F. Stern

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Summer 1964

There is one major proposition underlying this paper: that theory to guide social work practice will develop more rapidly and productively by building on theoretical efforts going forward in the underlying sciences of human behavior, rather than by formulating theory primarily on the basis of observation and analysis of practice. We will attempt to illustrate this proposition, leaving to the reader the evaluation of its validity. First we will set forth, in summary form, a general theoretical model for viewing and analyzing groups, namely that proposed by George C. Homans over a decade ago and presented in his book, The Human Group. Secondly, we will present three cases which illustrate the application of Homans' theoretical scheme to work-a-day problems in group work agencies. And finally, we will suggest some general conclusions about the applicability of Homans' theory to practice, policy, and administrative problems in group work agencies.

Topic: Management and Administration, Social Work, Workplace

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 40/No. 4

Page Number(s): 379-395

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Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Mogulof, Melvin B. French, David G. Bloksberg, Leonard M. Stern, Walter F. Homans' Theory Of The Human Group: Applications To Problems of Administration, Policy, and Staff Training In Group Service Agencies. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Summer 1964: 379-395. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5390


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