ERIC Number: ED134089
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr-20
Reference Count: 0
Organizational Implications of Faculty Role/Activity Preferences.
Bess, James L.
This paper is concerned with faculty members in higher education and the organizations in which they work. The research on which it is based involved an examination of the ways in which discrete work activities that were identified as part of the faculty role might be reaggregated on the basis of faculty preferences, replacing the present role structure where the latter is not supportive of those preferences. Estimated instrinsic satisfaction derived from the performance of the tasks was the foundation of the preferences. The central hypothesis of the study was that academic organizational structures can be modified to accommodate faculty needs and interests more directly. Such reorganization would have the result of placing faculty in roles that provide profound satisfactions, thereby increasing the likelihood of greater motivation and productivity and, ultimately, higher quality output. The research also examined the probability that even those activities that are now alleged by faculty to be undesirable will be found to be preferred by a number of faculty under a more pluralistic role and reward structure, this number being sufficient to meet organizational needs. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (April 20, 1976)