ERIC Number: ED151926
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Managerial Attention Patterns: A Micro-Behavioral Analysis.
Sproull, Lee S.
This paper describes a study of managerial behavior in educational organizations that focused on managerial attention as an organizational coupling mechanism. Structured observation was used to collect minute-by-minute time allocation protocols for five first-line education program managers over 20 working days, and these protocols were analyzed to determine the structure and content of managerial attention. Section 1 presents a brief theoretical framework in which managers are viewed as information processors, and the concept of managerial attention is introduced as an important modification to conventional information processing theories. Section 2 describes the methodology of the study and the research sample. Section 3 presents the study's findings about the structure and content of managerial attention. Section 4 considers two implications of the findings for education systems: the mythology of regulation, and the quality of technical monitoring and feedback. Section 5 comments on the theoretical and practical utility of knowledge about managerial attention. (Author/JG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Ontario, March 27-31, 1978)