ERIC Number: ED331999
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Comprehensive Systems Approach for Improving Management Effectiveness of the Vocational and Technical Division of the Arkansas Department of Education. Final Report.
Arkansas Univ., Fayetteville.
The purpose of a 3-year project was to develop and implement an organizational intervention strategy designed to assist key administrators within the Arkansas Vocational and Technical Education Division in improving the organizational effectiveness of their administrative units. The Organizational Health Instrument was used as a diagnostic and development tool for identifying leadership/organizational strengths and improvement priorities and for assessing the success of those efforts. Data from individual profiles were used to design appropriate intervention strategies and inservice activities and to establish appropriate support systems. The goal of project activities was to assist division staff members in becoming advocates for goals within their area of influence and to understand and support the goals within the total division. The Organizational Health Instrument consists of 10 dimensions: (1) goal focus; (2) communication adequacy; (3) optimal power equalization; (4) resource utilization; (5) cohesiveness; (6) morale; (7) innovativeness; (8) autonomy; (9) adaptation; and (10) problem solving adequacy. Pre- and post-assessments of the division director and directors of 20 area vocational-technical schools showed that the levels of organizational health increased in all dimensions from 1984 to 1987. The composite organizational health and effectiveness of the area vocational-technical schools was enhanced during the project. (NLA)
Descriptors: Administrators, Inservice Education, Leadership, Management Development, Motivation, Organizational Climate, Organizational Effectiveness, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Self Evaluation (Groups), Social Support Groups, State Departments of Education, Systems Approach, Vocational Directors, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Arkansas State Dept. of Education, Little Rock. Div. of Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Arkansas Univ., Fayetteville.