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ERIC Number: ED468132
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
Pages: 34
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The Impact of Gender on Decision Making among Customized Training Administrators within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU).
Lane, Barry L.
This paper presents a qualitative investigation of the impact of gender on administrator decision-making within the college environment. The research compared 5 male and 5 female college administrators from 10 different metropolitan campuses in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. All were directors of customized training departments with similar responsibilities. In initial interviews, administrators familiar with them selected from a list of 62 leadership-related adjectives. Then the raters were asked in a group discussion to review what the terms implied about the administrator's management style in dealing with such concerns as time, money, staff, and space; procedures and processes used to perform tasks; sharing and discussing concerns with staff; growth and development opportunities for staff; and issues such as strategies for resolving problems and improving organizational performance. These keywords were matched with decision-making styles using a categorical taxonomy related to perceived masculine and feminine leadership styles. The researchers found that gender differences played only a minimal role, though female leaders were slightly more consultative and participatory in most situations. (Contains 31 references.) (RKJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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