Administrative Problem Solving Behavior and the Organizational Climate
Rept. no. 1 (Final), 15 Mar1969-15 Dec 1971
MINNESOTA UNIV MINNEAPOLIS DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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The primary aims of the research were to Sample the problem solving content of administration jobs and develop a taxonomic classification of such content investigate new problem solving activity varies with situational variables such as hierarchical level, functional area, and organizational climate use the problem solving taxonomy to guide the construction of prototype simulations of administrative problem solving build a generalized measure of organizational climate determine the organizational correlates of differences in superior vs. subordinate perceptions of organizational climate and, begin a series of studies aimed at describing the processes by which the nature of the problem and the organizational climate affect problem solving and decision making behavior. Previous research is reviewed in the areas of managerial behavior description, the types of variables used in experimental research, the criteria used to evaluate the effects of management development programs, previous attempts to assess situational determinants of behavior particularly organizational climate, previous research dealing with the effects of climate on behavior, and previous efforts to study problem solving and decision making processes.