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Sustaining

Donald J. Peurach

in Seeing Complexity in Public Education

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199736539
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199914593 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736539.003.0025
Sustaining

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This chapter examines SFAF’s work interpreting two simultaneous events in its environments that threatened the enterprise: economic turbulence following the “dot.com” collapse: and the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The chapter details the efforts of SFAF executives to interpret how environmental turbulence bore on schools, the program, and SFAF as an organization. It details the strategies selected by SFAF executives to sustain the enterprise. And it details their efforts to adapt the enterprise to align its operations with this new strategy. Extending themes developed across preceding chapters, the chapter analyzes how SFAF’s adaptations increased the potential for short-term viability by sustaining its comprehensive school reform program and gaining entry into new markets. It also details how these adaptations exacerbated the risk of long-term problems by extending the size and diversity of the Success for All network.

Keywords: sustainability; dot com collapse; No Child Left Behind; executives; interpreting environments; strategy; aligning operations; adapting; evolving

Chapter.  21446 words. 

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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