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ERIC Number: ED065903
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Pages: 23
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Experimental Studies of the Influence of Organizational Effectiveness and Succession on the Administrative Process.
Grusky, Oscar
The present study, part of a larger investigation, attempted to examine the separate and joint effects of succession and effectiveness on administrative processes in laboratory-created 3-level formal organizations. Specifically, the investigation concerned itself with the impact of these two elements on communication relationships between managers and subordinates. The investigators sought to assess the degree that these variables influenced the manner in and the extent to which information and affect was transmitted between executives and lower-level subordinates as well as among subordinates. Each organization consisted of seven coordinated positions -- a manager, two assistant managers, and four workers -- and was designed to resemble an actual business firm. Organizational effectiveness was manipulated by predetermining the number and type of errors produced by the workers, who were confederates. Findings indicate that change in organizational effectiveness is both a major factor effecting the type and direction of communication flow between managers and subordinates and an important variable mediating the influence of leadership change on the type and direction of communication. The findings generally confirm the strategic importance of treating effectiveness and managerial variables in a processual, interdependent fashion. (Author/JH)
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Note: Paper presented at Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting (43rd, Portland, Oregon, April 13-15, 1972)