ERIC Number: ED313957
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
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Decisons To Promote or Hire: The Case of University Administrative Appointments. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Johnsrud, Linda K.; Sagaria, Mary Ann D.
Internal labor market theory is extended to identify market domains that influence administrative staffing decisions, and a theoretical predictive model about the role of market domains in decisions to promote or hire is proposed and tested. Information is presented as follows: theoretical framework; labor markets within higher education; and the structure of administrative work (administrative unit, functional specialization, position type, and pay level). The theoretical predictive model is a priori posited to address the question of whether decisions to promote or hire are influenced by market domains of the vacancy. Data were gathered from official university personnel records, with all vacancies for regular, full-time positions from each fiscal year (1982-1985) included and analyzed. The findings indicate internal labor market theory offers a rich framework for understanding the functioning of markets in university administrative appointments. The clear patterns of promoting and hiring evidenced confirm that opportunity for promotion and mobility are influenced by market domains associated with the position. Such patterns reflect the practice of hiring officials who are making decisions based upon their perception of a complex array of norms regarding promotion and recruitment within the organization. It is not known to what extent market domains supercede other such considerations in decision making. Contains 34 references. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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