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Employee Job Autonomy And Control In A Restructured Extension Organization, Mary S. Holz-Clause, Vikram Swaroop Chandra Koundinya, Nancy K. Franz Dr., Timothy O. Borich Dec 2012

Employee Job Autonomy And Control In A Restructured Extension Organization, Mary S. Holz-Clause, Vikram Swaroop Chandra Koundinya, Nancy K. Franz Dr., Timothy O. Borich

Extension and Outreach Research and Scholarship

This descriptive cross sectional census study identified the perceptions of Extension and Outreach employees of Iowa State University in the United States about job autonomy and control after two years of a major restructuring. Employees perceived autonomy and control over expressing views and ideas about their work and spending time on the job but perceived little influence over budget allocations and shaping organizational strategies. They felt administrators and external funding sources influenced programming. They perceived contributing most to program implementation and marketing. The findings from this study have implications for operations and programming in Extension and other organizational settings.


Farmer, Agent, And Specialist Perspectives On Preferences For Learning Among Today's Farmers, Nancy K. Franz, Fred Piercy, Joseph Donaldson, Johnnie Westbrook, Robert Richard Jun 2010

Farmer, Agent, And Specialist Perspectives On Preferences For Learning Among Today's Farmers, Nancy K. Franz, Fred Piercy, Joseph Donaldson, Johnnie Westbrook, Robert Richard

Extension and Outreach Research and Scholarship

Few studies have examined the types of educational delivery methods preferred by farmers (Eckert & Bell, 2005; Eckert & Bell, 2006). The research project reported here explored the preferred learning methods of farmers in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Virginia. Data on learning methods collected directly from farmers were compared with preferred teaching methods of Extension agents and specialists. The findings should shape agent and specialist perspectives on appropriate educational delivery methods when educating farmers and working towards farmer adoption of new practices.