ERIC Number: ED255962
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Superior-Subordinate Relationship: A Preliminary Study of Downward Task-Relevant Confidential Information Disclosure in the Public Sector.
Wanguri, Deloris McGee
A questionnaire was administered to 94 first- and middle-level managers from 19 different state agencies in Texas in an effort to analyze conditions under which managers were most likely to disclose task-relevant confidential information to their subordinates. The open-ended items on the questionnaire investigated the types of confidential job-related information, target persons for confidential information disclosures, reasons for providing such information, settings for such information sharing, and the number of participants in these encounters. The rank order items involved the ordering of confidential information according to which types of information the managers were most and least likely to share with subordinates, and the ordering of reasons according to which the managers perceived were most and least common reasons for giving such information. Among the eight findings are the following: (1) managers were most likely to disclose to workers task-relevant confidential information concerning structural changes within the organization, and in order to motivate, increase team spirit, and increase awareness; (2) managers were least likely to disclose to workers task-relevant confidential information concerning the subordinate's peers; and (3) managers were least likely to disclose information in order to develop trust and to prepare workers for anticipated changes. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Speech Communication Association (Winston-Salem, NC, April 11-14, 1985).