ERIC Number: ED320476
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Thinking Team: Toward a Cognitive Model of Administrative Teamwork in Higher Education.
The paper examines the joint interactive process of top-level administrative leadership teams of colleges or universities, with emphasis on the team's collective thinking. It focuses on how individual team members, who report directly to the president, make sense of their own and each other's activities on the team (for example, by constructing certain types or roles) rather than on the nature of effects of the activities themselves. Seventy administrators at 15 campuses were interviewed concerning the administrative team's organization, functions, and internal dynamics. Analysis revealed the following typical roles: (1) definer (creating the team's reality), (2) analyst (exploring and mapping the team's reality), (3) interpreter (predicting what others are likely to see), (4) critic (redefining, reanalyzing, and reinterpreting the team's reality), (5) synthesizer (orchestrating what the team knows), (6) disparity monitor (gauging what outsiders think), (7) task monitor (keeping the team on course), and (8) emotional monitor (remembering emotions). Teams were also analyzed on the basis of how clearly cognitive roles were articulated in the areas of: role content and quality of role performance, stage of team development and team integration, role prevalence, role configuration, cognitive differentiation and cognitive complexity, and management of cognitive differentiation. Contains 50 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association, New York, NY. College Retirement Equities Fund.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Atlanta, GA, November 2-5, 1989).