ERIC Number: ED030076
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Adult Education Organizations Relative to Program Development Affecting Innovative Procedures and Flexibility to Change.
Ringer, Wayne B.
Five bureaucratic characteristics of organizations determined by the perceptions of staff members in 45 Cooperative Extension Service organizations and obtained through a mailed questionnaire, were compared with organizational innovativeness in program development as demonstrated over the past five years and reported by 53 raters composed of extension administrators responsible for programs on a state and national basis. When tested individually, the dimensional bureaucratic administrative characteristics -- "hierarchy of authority", "rules and procedures" and "interpersonal relations" were not significantly related to innovation. Forty-nine percent of the variation in innovation was found to be attributable to four variables which were grouped in pairs -- "rules - rewards" and"personnel - budget" or "resources.""Rewards of Office" and "rules and procudures" when tested as grouped or combined variables in regression analysis, proved to be significantly related to innovation. The human and material resources possessed by an organization were significant predictors of innovation. [Letters and questionnaires used in the study and a bibliography are included in the appendix]. (author/nl)
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Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL.
Identifiers: Cooperative Extension Service