It is suggested that considerable insight into the difficulties presently encountered by universities can be understood if they are examined as "natural communities" rather than "managed organizations" as those latter terms are applied to modern and industrial business enterprises. It is also suggested that the organizational structure of universities can be viewed as a system of ecological regulators which permit a community of specialists to work together in the university setting. One of the consequences of such structural arrangements is a high degree of organizational conservatism within the universities. Another consequence is a series of information overload phenomena. The advantages and disadvantages of alternative methods of organization are suggested.

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