ERIC Number: ED209691
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Perspectives on Organizational Communication from the Academic Affairs Level.
Bauer, Otto F.
Identifying many of the goals and objectives of academic administrators can reveal the pervasive impact of speech communication on the potential effectiveness of administration in higher education. Such objectives include (1) disseminating information, (2) engaging in consultation, (3) reaching decisions, (4) discovering information, (5) obtaining advice and counsel, (6) persuading persons and groups, and (7) stimulating intellectual thought. The consulting process probably holds the key to successful shared governance at universities and colleges. Effective consultation involves many critical decisions, such as who will prepare a draft of a solution to an issue, how much time will be allotted, and who will be consulted. Failure to achieve an appropriate balance between consultation and decisiveness is a recurring problem that exemplifies administrative effectiveness. Efforts to reach consensus can sometimes result in general paralysis, while so many groups may respond to issues that decisions remain unmade for long periods of time. Engaging in genuine consultation and trying to accommodate what one hears are important objectives. Given the special competence in understanding and practicing speech communication, faculty members of this discipline can assume leadership roles in faculty and university governance. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (67th, Anaheim, CA, November 12-15, 1981).