ERIC Number: ED232538
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Faculty Perspectives on Administrator Effectiveness.
Bess, James L.
The sources of faculty perspectives on the personal effectiveness of administrators are analyzed. It is proposed that faculty will be predisposed to see administrators in different lights, depending on structural elements in decision making and the orientation of the faculty members. Attention is directed to Talcott Parson's theory for classifying the types of decisions that are made in all organizations: adaptation, goal attainment, and integration and latency. A schema for understanding and/or classifying different kinds of organizations is also considered, based on the typology of Jeffrey Pfeffer, who characterized organizations as one of four types: professional, collegiate, political/coalition and centralized/bureaucratic. The kinds of power that are available to deans, and conditions that influence faculty perceptions of different types of power as legitimate are also addressed. To examine the idiographic influences on faculty perceptions of administrator effectiveness, Kilmann and Herden's theory of faculty personality predispositions is analyzed. Finally, the role theories of Katz and Kahn and the path-goal theory of Robert House are employed to integrate the theoretical perspectives. (SW)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Parts of this paper were presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).