Education Publications

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 2009

Journal

Journal of Educational Administration and Foundations

Volume

2

Issue

20

First Page

51

Last Page

68

Abstract

In this paper I highlight the role of the notion of meaning for educational administration. I want draw attention to Thomas Greenfield’s theses regarding the role of meanings in organization. I explore the relations between Greenfield’s thesis about meaning in organization and Ludwig Wittgenstein’s thoughts about language and meaning. I shed some light on the encounters and distances between these two thinkers. My account is both exploratory and critical. On the one hand, I point up the relationships between meaning, practices, and action in organization. On the other hand, I identify one aspect of Greenfield’s thought that can be further explored in light of Wittgenstein’s remarks regarding the public character of meaning.

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