Barry L. Lane
This paper presents a qualitative investigation of the impact of gender on decision making among specified administrators within a college environment. The research capitalizes on the opportunity to compare men and women in “matched” professional positions within higher education—a field where female leadership is well established. The researcher used descriptive terms identified during staff interviews (N= 86) to categorize the decision-making style of 10 college administrators (5 male, 5 female—each from a different campus) for each of six functional areas of leadership. While the researcher found more similarities than differences, some gender-related trends in decision making were identified.
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