Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Moriarty, R. J.,


Education, Administration.




This thesis analyzes the evolution of the South Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association (SWOSSA) from its inception in 1962 through to 1990. The Quinn and Cameron Summary Life Cycle model (1983) was the theoretical model used in this study. The three organizational life cycle stages which emerged from the research were: (1) The Creativity-Collectivity Stage, 1962 until 1967. (2) The Collectivity-Control Stage, 1968 until 1979. (3) The Elaboration of Structure Stage, 1980 until 1990. In a progression similar to Quinn and Cameron's model, SWOSSA's life cycle evolved over a number of sequential stages. Instead of 4 separate and distinct life cycle stages, as was the case with the Summary Life Cycle model, SWOSSA's Life Cycle model included 3 stages, 2 of which were transitional in nature. The 2 transitional stages were the Creativity-Collectivity Stage (1962-1967), and the Collectivity-Control Stage (1968-1979). These stages included a merging of characteristics of 2 separate stages. (Abstract shortened by UMI.) Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1992 .G374. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 31-03, page: 0972. Chairman: R. J. Moriarty. Thesis (M.H.K.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1991.