Paul Johnson

Date of Award


Document Type

Independent Study

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


This study is an investigation into the modern theory of delegation of authority as viewed by middle managers. Seven theoretical principles of delegation are set forth and seven obstacles to the efficient use of delegation. An empirical study was made by surveying a number of middle managers at the Honeywell corporation, Minneapolis Minnesota. Personal interviews and a questionnaire were used to determine the attitudes of various managers toward delegation principles and practices. An analysis of the data indicated a number of obstacles~ in the practice of delegation; the author suggests elimination of these problem areas will require both a procedural and psychological effort, and suggests a course to be followed to effect more "management" from middle managers.