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Basil S. Georgopoulos
Regents' Proceedings 52

Basil S. Georgopoulos, professor of psychology in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and research scientist in the Institute for Social Research, retired from active faculty status on June 30, 1989.

Professor Georgopoulos received his B.A. degree from Bowling Green State University in 1952, his M.A. degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1953, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 1957.

A member of the Institute for Social Research for 35 years, Professor Georgopoulos joined the institute in 1954 as an assistant study director in the Survey Research Center. He was promoted to study director in 1956, senior study director in 1961, and program director in 1966. He was appointed assistant professor of psychology in 1961, and was promoted to associate professor in 1964 and professor in 1969.

Professor Georgopoulos' most widely cited research involved development of a model of the effectiveness of work-performing organizations, especially hospitals. His model focuses on problem solving and structure in effective organizations. In addition, his articles and books contributed substantially to defining the concept of organizational effectiveness for the field of organizational studies. For 30 years, his studies of problem solving and effectiveness in organizations have contributed both to social science theories of work organizations and to the practice of health care management.

In 1962, Professor Georgopoulos published (with Floyd C. Mann) The Community General Hospital. This work is considered a classic in the study of organizations; it won the James A. Hamilton Hospital Administrators' Book Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives. In 1974, Professor Georgopoulos won the same award for his book, Organization Research on Health Institutions. These award-winning books not only influenced a generation of organizational researchers, but also shaped the emerging profession of health care management.

Professor Georgopoulos has also published numerous articles in scholarly and professional journals concerning the structure and functioning of complex organizations. The fact that several of these articles have been reprinted years after their original publication is an indication of the enduring nature of his work. For his many contributions, Professor Georgopoulos has been recognized as a Fellow in both the American Psychological Association and the American Sociological Association.

The Regents now salute this distinguished social scientist and teacher for his dedicated service by naming Basil S. Georgopoulos Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Research Scientist Emeritus.