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ERIC Number: ED468377
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 169
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The Managerial Roles of Community College Chief Academic Officers.
Anderson, Philip Wayne
This study utilized Mintzberg's taxonomy of managerial roles to examine the roles performed by community college chief academic officers (CAOs). Mintzberg's taxonomy defines managerial roles as a set of behaviors and identifies 10 distinct roles: (1) figurehead; (2) leader; (3) liaison; (4) monitor; (5) disseminator; (6) spokesperson; (7) entrepreneur; (8) disturbance handler; (9) resource allocator; and (10) negotiator. Surveys were sent to 250 CAOs; 184 were returned (74% response rate). The survey examined three environmental variables (span of control, collective bargaining, and region), three situational variables (years in position, years at institution, and managerial experience), and two personal variables (age and gender). An analysis of the data revealed that all 10 managerial roles were reported as being used in the CAO position. However, in many cases, the three most emphasized roles were leader, liaison, and disseminator. There were differences in which roles were emphasized based on the environmental, personal, and situational variables, but only five statistically significant differences were found. The first four dealt with the personal characteristics--the data indicated that female CAOs placed more emphasis on the leader, liaison, and disseminator roles than their male counterparts, and that older CAOs placed more emphasis on the monitor role than their younger counterparts. The fifth difference indicated that managers with less than 5 years of experience do not place as much emphasis on the figurehead role as did managers with more than five years of experience. Appended are the research cover letter, sampling frame and sample, and modified managerial survey. (Contains 71 references.) (RC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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