ERIC Number: ED028538
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb-6
Reference Count: 0
A Test of a Conflict Theory of Organization.
Brumbaugh, Robert B.
Of the three interpersonal needs measured by Schutz's FIRO-B Scale (expressed and wanted inclusion, control, and affection), it is hypothesized that (1) control will be the most salient need perceived in subordinates by immediate supervisors, and (2) the immediate superior of a given subordinate will be more likely to evidence a control orientation toward that subordinate than will a superior further removed hierarchically. To test the hypotheses, 29 elementary and secondary principals and 15 central office administrative and supervisory personnel of a West Virginia school district were asked to predict the FIRO-B response of one randomly selected teacher from each principal's building. Each teacher was also asked to predict the FIRO-B responses of his or her principal, each principal having been asked to respond personally to FIRO-B. The accuracy of each principal's prediction for his or her respective teacher was then compared with the accuracy of that teacher's prediction for the principal. Data were collected in interviews. The only significant results were that principals were more likely to be accurate than teachers on expressed control and wanted control. The hierarchical immediacy hypothesis was rejected. (HW)
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Identifiers: Firo B Scale; Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation; West Virginia
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Amer. Educ. Res. Assn. (Los Angeles, Calif., Feb. 6, 1969).