a1 Department of Mathematics and Computer Science James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA., 22807, U.S.A.
The purpose of this paper is to study the consequences of an endomorphism near-ring of a finite group being a local near-ring and the existence of such near-rings. As we shall see in Section 2, an endomorphism near-ring of a finite group being local gives us some information about both the structure of the group (Theorem 2.2) and the automorphisms of the group lying in the near-ring (Theorem 2.3). Existence of local endomorphism near-rings of finite groups is considered in Section 3 where we obtain as our main result that any p-group of automorphisms of a p-group containing the inner automorphisms always generates a local endomorphism near-ring. In particular, we get as a corollary that the endomorphism near-ring of a finite group G generated by the inner automorphisms of G is local if and only if G is a p-group. The third section concludes with a discussion of endomorphism near-rings of dihedral 2-groups and generalized quaternion groups.
(Received July 06 1987)