ERIC Number: ED159777
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of a Matrix Management Approach to School Organizations.
Gogolin, Marilyn T.; Martois, John S.
The Management Responsibility Guidance (MRG) process is a matrix management program designed to clarify roles and improve staff integration, decision-making, effectiveness, and productivity. In 1976-77, Los Angeles County (California) used this approach in four pilot special education schools. As part of the MRG process, each staff member completed a task grid indicating each of his or her own particular responsibilities in the school. MRG consultants integrated these matrices into a composite grid, bringing areas of conflict or contradiction to the group for resolution. MRG consultants collected data through a Likert-type questionnaire administered to the pilot schools and 22 control schools. This questionnaire was designed to identify changes in the areas of role clarity, team character, team function, problem clarification, staff coordination, team leadership, and staff cooperation. Results indicated that the pilot schools, when compared to the control group, had significantly increased their posttest medians on a number of items. It appears that the MRG process may be a feasible technique for integrating and coordinating people and resources to achieve goals within complex educational settings. The data-gathering instruments are included in the appendices. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California (Los Angeles); Matrix Management
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Ontario, March 26-31, 1978)