Administration in Criminal Justice

Administration in Criminal Justice

Question 1:
Discuss the Classical School of organizational thought. First, describe the elements of the
classical school perspective, its limitations and discuss how the classical view, and Weber’s
bureaucracy, in particular, has influenced criminal justice organizations. Finally, discuss how
later perspectives on organizational structure have changed over time to address the limitations
of the classical school. Include citations to all relevant materials from the course to answer your
question.
Question 2:
Using all relevant materials from the course, discuss the distinctions between leadership, power,
and authority. Describe the bases/types of power outlined in the course materials and discuss the
roles of power and authority in criminal justice organizations. In your opinion, which types of
power are most relevant to authority in criminal justice organizations? Make sure to use the
course materials to justify your response.
Question 3:
Discuss the characteristics/styles of leadership in criminal justice and the limitations of
leadership in criminal justice organizations. Based on your review of the course materials, what
leadership style is most effective for criminal justice organizations? Cite all relevant course
materials in your response.
Question 4:
Debate the value of goal consensus in criminal justice organizations. What are the arguments in
favor of creating unifying goals across the criminal justice system? What are the major obstacles
and disadvantages of goal consensus in criminal justice? What are the arguments in favor of goal
conflict across organizations in the criminal justice system? Cite all relevant course materials in
your response.
Question 5:
Criminal justice agencies are complex organizations with multiple goals. Briefly discuss the role
of goals in the evaluation of organizations. Then, identify one criminal justice agency that has a
publicly stated vision and mission statement. You have been tasked by this agency to create a
strategic plan to evaluate the success or effectiveness of the agency. Using their stated vision and
mission statements, identify or define their official and operative goals. Based on these goals,
discuss how you would measure the effectiveness of the organization. In your response, clearly
describe the types of outcomes you would consider and the variables you would use to measure
the achievement of those goals. Finally, discuss the challenges of evaluating the effectiveness of
criminal justice organizations.

 

 

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