Comparison of Decision-Making Behavior Between Prospective Recreation and Management Personnel


  • Richard T. Christoph
  • Robert W. McLellan
  • Michael J. Stahl


decision-making, needs, power, affiliation, achievement.


Recent problems of trying to do more with less has brought renewed attention to the idea of transporting management techniques developed in the private sector to park and recreation settings. The greatest concern with such application is based on the possibility that recreation professionals work for different goals or rewards than do their profit-motivated industry counterparts. McClelland's theory of personality and motivation, called the trichotomy of needs, provided a mechanism to explore differences between student groups who are potential private and public sector managers. No significant differences between advanced recreation and advanced management students in their need for affiliation, power, or achievement were identified. This indicates that effective management practices developed in a business setting could be tried by managers in public park and recreation settings in order to provide the most efficient possible services.?





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