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ERIC Number: ED437868
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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Teamwork and Interpersonal Conflict among University Administrators. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Volkwein, James Fredericks; LaNasa, Steven
This study investigated the extent to which organizational and personal variables are related to work environments characterized by teamwork and collaboration on the one hand, or interpersonal conflict and stress on the other. The study examined major organizational features of 120 public and private research universities, their administrative work environments, and the individual characteristics of 1,194 study participants with job titles ranging from vice presidents to deans and directors. Data was gathered from national databases and participant surveys. Variables considered were campus characteristics (size, wealth, faculty/undergraduate quality, public/private, percent of students in dorms, rural environment, percent minority students); administrator characteristics (age, sex, academic/administrative rank, personal/financial/health); perceived work climate (regulatory, controlled, inadequate funding/facilities, time/workload pressures, administrative teamwork). The most robust finding was that both teamwork and interpersonal conflict are conditions in the lives of most study participants. In general, it was found that work environments characterized by higher levels of teamwork and collaboration are more strongly associated with organizational characteristics and administrative rank, while environments characterized by high levels of interpersonal conflict and stress are more strongly associated with characteristics such as workload pressure and personal/financial stress. Female managers were more likely to report a climate of teamwork. (Contains approximately 54 references.) (CH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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