ERIC Number: ED216639
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Publication Date: 1980
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Management in Institutions of Higher Learning.
Rausch, Erwin, Ed.; And Others
The way that modern management techniques contained in the Linking Elements Concept can be applied successfully to management in institutions of higher learning is considered. The Linking Elements Concept combines management science, management by objectives (MBO), and the behavioral sciences into an overall framework. The concept proposes that the level of performance of an organizational unit depends on the skills with which the manager or leader can balance the needs and characteristics of the people in the unit with the needs and characteristics of the unit itself. Those skills are the "linking" skills. The history of management as a discipline is traced to the twentieth century with reference to major theories, and the four foundations of modern management theory (management science, behavioral science, the management cycle, and management by objectives or results). MBO, which is a major segment of the Linking Elements Concept, is discussed, along with the remaining linking elements (satisfying psychological needs and tangible needs of employees; achieving technical competence; improving coordination and cooperation; and aligning rules and personal behavior codes). Governance of institutions of higher education and the way that the Linking Elements Concept can be used by managers and leaders are addressed. The concept is also related to the roles and responsibilities of leaders and managers in academic affairs. Applications in various departments that comprise student affairs are considered, and the administrative function is reviewed in terms of the Linkng Elements Concept. An overview of decision-making and conflict-resolution processes and a bibliography are appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Ancillary School Services, College Administration, Conflict Resolution, Decision Making, Employee Attitudes, Governance, Group Behavior, Higher Education, Individual Needs, Interprofessional Relationship, Leadership Responsibility, Management by Objectives, Management Systems, Organizational Theories
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