Collaboration between off-campus agents and on-campus specialists is often strained. We hypothesized that the strain relates to the groups having different styles of decision making. We administered a variation of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to on-campus specialists and off-campus agents in Utah. Although the groups share many MBTI preferences, there was a highly significant different on preference in the "judging" function, with 72% of the specialists indicating a Thinking preference and 60% of agents indicating a Feeling preference. This suggests major communication challenges when working together. We offer that the solution is in understanding the differences and using them as an asset.
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Saunders, K., & Gallagher, T. (2003). Decision-Making Styles: An Exploration of Preferences of On- and Off-Campus Faculty. The Journal of Extension, 41(3), Article 3. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol41/iss3/3