ERIC Number: ED369349
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Orientations of State Administrators toward Cultural Diversity in Public Agencies: An Empirical Study.
Mohapatra, Manindra K.; And Others
This study identified the views of state administrators from seven midwestern states about cultural diversity and workforce 2000. A survey of 500 high level state public administrators from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin was conducted in Spring 1993. Respondents (n=125) were 66 percent male, 77 percent white, 98 percent with college degrees, 37 percent merit appointees, and 57 percent with more than government service experience. Nearly 52 percent of respondents were unfamiliar with the Hudson Institute's 1987 study about Workforce 2000. An overwhelming majority felt that Masters in Public Administration programs should recruit, educate, and graduate more women and minorities to meet the managerial workforce needs of the year 2000. A majority of respondents considered "managing diversity in the workplace" an important managerial competency (67 percent) and comments elicited 33 specific qualities or competencies. Respondents suggested several strategies to facilitate movement of minority and women employees into managerial positions. Overall, survey respondents demonstrated considerable awareness of issues associated with a culturally diverse workforce among administrators. (Contains 37 references.) (JB)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Effectiveness, Administrator Responsibility, Competence, Cultural Differences, Demography, Females, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Labor Force, Labor Force Development, Masters Degrees, Minority Groups, Public Administration, Public Administration Education, State Agencies
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Univ., Terre Haute. Center for Governmental Services.