The Relationship of Role Expectations to Faculty Behavior.
WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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The study examines sources of influence over 290 faculty members of a large public university. The role expectations a faculty member has for himself and the role expectations of the employing organization both predict positively and significantly the role behaviors of the respondents. The departmental colleagues expectations predict significantly role behaviors for the research role only. Rank and the cosmopolitan-local dimension are shown to be significant mediators of the conformity of the respondents to their colleagues expectations. In addition, the degree of person role conflict a faculty member is exposed to is related to his productivity research but not to his satisfaction. The implications of the results are explored for both role theory and for the understanding of faculty behavior. Author