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ERIC Number: ED478599
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-1
Pages: 22
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Trust and Collaboration in "Zero-History" Administrative Teams.
Dee, Jay R.; Dole, Susan; Phair, Charles; Shay, Pat
Traditions of shared governance and the complexity of problems faced by colleges and universities suggest the need for effective collective action. This study examined leadership teams in two sites: a new 2-year public institution formed by merger and a new 4-year private institution. Research hypotheses were developed from the perspective of structuration theory. Structuration theory attempts to explain how structures emerge through group interaction. Findings suggest that higher education leaders can take several steps to improve prospects for the development of trust and collaboration in their administrative teams: (1) articulate behavioral norms that endorse systemic thinking; (2) develop and support cross-functional planning groups; (3) make clear that team behaviors are supposed to further institutional goals, not advocate for departmental- or self-interest; and (4) provide frequent opportunities for interpersonal interaction among team members, especially during early stages of team development. (Contains 32 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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