ERIC Number: ED259357
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Sex and "Power Communication" in Middle- and Top-Level Administration.
Wakefield, D. Gay
A study was conducted to investigate some basic power communication factors among American male and female executives in middle and top level management. Variables of primary interest were perceptions of personal power and communication effectiveness within the organization, and some power communication techniques employed by the two genders to establish images of authority and/or influence in professional settings. Five hundred randomly selected top and middle management executives living in the United States were mailed questionnaire. Of the 210 responses, 72 surveys were returned by the United States Postal Service as undeliverable, and 113 executives reported to be retired, deceased, or otherwise ineligible. The resulting return rate, accounting for those subjects designated as ineligible or unreachable, was 70%. The results of this study suggest that male and female administrators perceive differing levels of organizational power, but employ very similar power communication styles and report no significant difference in perceptions of personal communication effectiveness in the organizational settings. Periodic follow up studies similar to this one would be helpful as women and men gain more experience working with one another in an administrative function. (DF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In Professional Communication in the Modern World: Proceedings of the American Business Communication Association Southeast Convention (31st, Hammond, LA, April 5-7, 1984). p159-169.