ERIC Number: ED244528
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
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Presidential Roles: A Comparative Analysis of Their Relative Importance as Perceived by College and University Presidents and Governing Board Chairpersons.
Cote, Lawrence S.
The extent of agreement expressed by college presidents and governing board chairpersons concerning the relative importance of 20 selected presidential roles was assessed. The variables of institution size and type were also examined as they related to perceived presidential role importance. Based on role theory, attention was directed to whether "role dissensus" exists between presidents (actors) and governing board chairpersons (significant others). Basic role functions claimed by H. Mintzberg to be generic to all managers were incorporated in the research instrument, the Presidential Roles Profile. Questionnaires were completed by 239 college presidents and board chairpersons from Pennsylvania colleges and universities. Presidents and board chairpersons did not differ significantly in their perceptions of the relative importance of 20 presidential roles described in the research instrument. There were preliminary indications that institution type may be a critical variable affecting the relative importance of the array of presidential roles. For 14 of the 20 roles, there were no differences in the overall high level of consensus among the two groups of leaders based on institution size. Findings based on unstructured, written comments by some of the respondents are also considered. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).