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ERIC Number: ED523626
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 179
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1243-4591-8
Strategic Planning in Higher Education: An Examination of Variation in Strategic Planning Practices and Their Effect on Success in NCAA Division I Athletic Departments
Starsia, Gerald
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Virginia
Higher education and intercollegiate athletics are operating in an era of heightened competition and diminishing resources. As these organizations increase in complexity, the need for highly professional staff and management strategies becomes critical. The theoretical framework guiding this research was generated from the literature in corporate and higher education strategic management. The setting of strategy in any organization begins with the strategic plan. In this study, the strategic planning processes are reviewed and categorized according to their historical and qualitative similarities. The unique quality of each category is used as a framework to form three models of planning--linear, hybrid, and chaos. Using statistical techniques, the planning models were related to measures of success in Division I athletic departments (championships, graduation rates, and financial performance) to better understand the relationships. The research addressed three questions: (a) How strongly are selected dimensions of the linear, hybrid, and chaos planning models related to success? (b) How strongly are selected dimensions of the linear, hybrid, and chaos strategic planning models related to each other? and (c) How strongly are selected dimensions of the linear, hybrid, and chaos strategic planning models related to demographics? The population for this study consisted of NCAA Division I athletic directors. In order to increase understanding about strategic planning in intercollegiate athletics, a survey was sent to 330 Division I athletic directors, and 130 were completed and returned for a response rate of 39%. Correlational and regression analyses revealed statistically significant relationships between certain dimensions of planning and the measures of success. These findings confirmed the positive relationship between planning and operational success, and between certain dimensions of planning and success in intercollegiate athletics. Based on the results, athletic departments should be aware of certain dimensions of planning when undergoing a strategic planning process such as taking a top-down approach, the frequency with which a plan is changed, and total revenue. Leaders of intercollegiate departments of athletics, higher education, and other complex organizations with an interest in maximizing management resources, can use these findings to inform their planning practices. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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