ERIC Number: ED476331
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr-5
The Impact of Presidential Cognition on Framing Organizational Change.
Eddy, Pamela L.
Summarizes the theoretical foundations, data collection procedures, and findings from a study designed to examine the linkage between presidential cognition and the ultimate framing of organizational change on a community college campus. The data analyzed in this study was gathered at two community college sites intentionally selected based on the presence of a new institutional leader, since campus change often occurs after the hiring of a new college president. Individual interviews were the primary means of data collection in this study with the results based on information gleaned from 28 different interviews. In addition to the presidents, the researcher interviewed members of the president's cabinet, faculty, department chairs, deans, and information directors. Findings from this research analysis uncovered two main themes. First, leader cognition drives not only the choice of change goals, but also the strategies used to implement these goals. Second, while the underlying meaning schemas of leader cognition remain stable, ongoing learning is incorporated into the president's framework and schema to adjust to new experiences and interactions with followers. (Contains 29 references.) (RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (45th, Dallas, TX, April 4-5, 2003).