This week, you learned about Birnbaum’s four models of organizational behavior—bureaucratic, political, collegial, and anarchical. These models describe the way that members interact and the way that decisions are made in academic institutions. For this Discussion, you will use the following scenario to apply your knowledge of these models to a real-world situation.
Deborah M. has just been promoted from a senior faculty position to the position of provost of her university. The deadline for reaccreditation is fast approaching, and the president has asked Deborah to oversee the collection of data and preparation of the report. Deborah knows that she will need the cooperation of key players on her campus to accomplish the task successfully. She is familiar with the Birnbaum models, but she is unsure about the predominant system within her institution.
By Day 3
Post your response to the following:
How would Deborah use each of Birnbaum’s four models to develop a “plan of attack” to deal with her situation?
How would each plan of attack differ in terms of interaction among colleagues, leadership approaches, and level and type of administrative control?
What factors should Deborah consider in choosing a particular model on which to base her plan of attack?