Objectives of the study:1. To find the strengths and constraints of communication and decision making practices in educational institutions imparting professional courses based on the opinions of experienced teaching professionals.2. To find the strengths and constraints of communication and decision making practices in educational institutions imparting professional courses based on the opinions of practicing management professionals.3. educational institutions. Identifying the ideal practices of communication and decision making for education based on the fusion of findings related to practices of communication and decision making in industrial organization and educational institutions.4. Recommending a model of communication and decision making practices suitable for professional educational institutions with the objective of enhancing the development of organization.
Five educational institutions which impart professional education in the field of Engineering and Management were selected. In this Heads of the departments and Professors formed the sample. One private industry was selected from the industrial sector. All the management staff of M/S Apollo Tyres Ltd. Baroda formed the sample.
Questionnaires constructed by the investigator were used for collecting the data fro teaching professionals and professionals from the industry. The questionnaires were supplemented through the interview schedules.
The data were analyzed through frequencies and percentages. The analysis with respect to open ended items was done through content analysis.
Findings of the study:1. A model of communication and decision making has been suggested based on the synergy of strengths and constraints identified in both the processes as practiced in education and industry.2. The model focuses on individuals who constitute the organization and who are subject to the dynamics of organizational management.3. The model also emphasizes quality leadership, latest IT tools, ideal faculty, accurate information, and its genuine use for long term decisions, designing standards based on proper bench marking of processes and constant vision of institutional goals. The model aims at establishing a perennial reputation for the institution.
Keyword(s): Organization Development, decision making