ERIC Number: ED458899
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-May
Organizational Support for Innovation: Perspectives of Community College Faculty.
Dee, Jay R.
This study examined the relationship between dimensions of organizational climate and support for innovation in community colleges. Faculty members from an urban community college with an international reputation for innovation completed questionnaires designed to measure perceived support for innovation and climate-related variables. Respondents, in aggregate, perceived high levels of support for innovation. Perceptions did not vary in terms of respondents' gender, age, education level, racial identification, tenure in current position, or employment status. Faculty with more years of professional experience reported higher levels of support for innovation. Support for innovation was also positively associated with intent to stay. Organizational climates characterized by open communication and high levels of work autonomy were found to be associated with perceptions of support for innovation. Communication openness and work autonomy were positively associated with high scores on the support for innovation measure. These two variables accounted for more than one-half of the variance in support for innovation scores. Study findings were reviewed and interpreted in the context of changing community college environments. Interventions related to enhancing organizational support for innovation--including feedback linkages, conflict forums, and participatory decision-making--were discussed. (Contains 25 tables, one figure, one appendix, and 284 references.) (KP)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Doctor of Philosophy Thesis, University of Iowa.