Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Public Affairs and Administration
Dr. Ralph C. Chandler
Dr. Peter Kobrak
Dr. Alyce Dickinson
Public school teachers and administrators are increasingly challenged to demonstrate effectiveness in the face of organizational decline. A management system proposed by researchers in organizational development to promote worker effectiveness is participatory management. This study investigated the effects of participatory management as they related to teacher satisfaction and productivity during organizational decline. Two local school districts that used a participatory management system, identified as Quality of Work Life (QWL) districts, were studied. Two similar local school districts that did not use a participatory management system were also studied. The results of the analysis indicate that there were no significant differences between teacher satisfaction or productivity in the participatory and nonparticipatory districts. Interpretation of these results are presented and their impact is discussed.
O'Brien, Robert Michael, "The Effects of Participative Management on Teacher Satisfaction During Periods of Organizational Decline" (1988). Dissertations. 2166.