ERIC Number: ED201223
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb-19
Reference Count: 0
The Work Group Survey: Assessing Organizational Climate in Higher Education.
Dunwell, Robert R.
The organizational climate of Southeast Missouri State University was assessed as part of an institutional self-study, and the appropriateness and effectiveness of the research instrument were evaluated. Twenty-five characteristics identified by Likert (1961, 1967) as descriptive of highly effective work groups were used as a framework for the assessment of organizational climate. The Likert characteristics were abstracted to provide effective survey items, and a five-point response scale was developed for rating the characteristics. The presence of these characteristics were determined at three organizational levels: the primary work group, the college or major administrative unit, and the university in general. The survey instrument, entitled The Work Group Survey, is appended. The study population was all full-time and part-time faculty, administrators, support professional, technical, and clerical personnel, excluding graduate assistants, service personnel, and crafts and trades personnel. Typically, primary work groups were perceived to be highly effective units in which individuals strive for harmonious working relationships, strive to meet group expectations, are likely to accept group values, enjoy well-established and relaxed working relationships. Typically, colleges and major administrative units were perceived to reflect characteristics similar to primary work groups but at a level effective only to some extent. The university in general was perceived to reflect the same characteristics as colleges and major administrative units but at a level somewhat less effective. More specific analyses are presented. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Administrators, College Faculty, Faculty College Relationship, Group Dynamics, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Interprofessional Relationship, Measurement Techniques, Organizational Climate, Research Methodology, School Personnel, Self Evaluation (Groups), State Universities, Teacher Administrator Relationship
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Collegiality; Southeast Missouri State University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (33rd, February 19, 1981).