ERIC Number: ED445074
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jan-27
High Reliability Organizations and Transformational Leadership as Lenses for Examining a School Improvement Effort.
Taylor, Dianne L.; Angelle, Pamela S.
A matrix of characteristics associated with transformational leadership and with high reliability organizations was developed. Using the matrix as a lens, researchers examined a successful school involved in a school improvement effort to understand the success more fully. Transformational leaders provide opportunities for personal growth for employees as well as for improvement of the organization. A high reliability organization is one that works well and is consistently reliable. A matrix that displays the intersections between the characteristics of high reliability organizations and transformational leadership indicates substantial correspondence between the two, although some characteristics have no matches. The matrix was applied to an elementary school of 329 students, 72% of whom were on free/reduced price lunch. Data came from school improvement plans, a site visit with observations, teacher interviews, and a teacher questionnaire. The matrix suggests that in the successful school, transformational leadership and being a high reliability organization are highly related. (Contains 3 tables and 23 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (Dallas, TX, January 27-29, 2000).