ERIC Number: ED473072
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
The Impact of Incentive-Based Budgeting on Planning: Understanding the Structural and Political Aspects of Budget Reform. AIR 2002 Forum Paper.
Johnson, James; St. John, Edward P.
An increasing number of public research universities have turned to incentive-based budgeting systems (IBBS) as a means of managing change. It is appropriate to view IBBS as a new attempt to introduce rational systems into university administrative structures that are largely political in nature. This study examined the influence an IBBS has on planning processes in a university 10 years after its implementation. Based on a review of the evaluation of IBBS for public universities and its linkages to planning process, the authors introduce the use of organizational frames as a basis for studying the impact of IBBS systems. Interviews were conducted with 13 senior faculty administrators who had substantial experience in university governance. The findings show that IBBS constrained bureaucratic and political tendencies and improved planning, but created new ambiguities that should be addressed if IBBS is to continue to evolve. The IBBS was characterized in terms that indicated it was viewed as a new rational model that was not laden with the bureaucratic nuances more traditionally associated with structural descriptions of university governance. (Contains 30 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Institutional Research (42nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 2-5, 2002).