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Abstract

The relationship between work satisfaction and centralization of organizational decision-making was examined using survey data from faculty members at four baccalaureate degree schools of nursing, supplemented by interviews with the deans. In a multiple regression analysis, centralization was a significant predictor of satisfaction (p < .01), with other relevant variables controlled. In tests for statistical interaction, the effect of centralization on satisfaction did not depend on the strength of faculty members' desires for professional autonomy. The results suggested the potential benefits of changes in organizational decision-making to increase faculty participation.