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ERIC Number: ED336005
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
The Dysfunctional Nature of Political Systems in University Administration.
Gunn, Bruce
This paper argues that the rapid influx of information technology into society requires a change in university administration from the current political system to a computer based management system for higher productivity. The paper describes the dysfunctional nature of the political system of management in its lack of full accountability. The bureaucratic mechanism of a political system is described as a "decision making-authority structure" which functions as a formal communication and control mechanism on the assumption that management is sovereign over the operation of the organization. Within this system, self-oriented administrators usually employ authoritative leadership styles with a shift from productivity to the maintenance of the status quo in the dominance orders of the organization. The paper goes on to argue that these patterns create pressure to squeeze work out of faculty and put academicians into a position of compromising long term productivity for short-term gains in salary and rank. The paper also notes that the lack of quantitative criteria for measuring the quality of personnel performance permits self-oriented superiors to use "mushroom management" to mask administrative malpractice. Finally the paper argues that these political systems ultimately produce declining academic performance. Fourteen references are included. (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: For a related document, see HE 024 824.