Dima, Alina Mihaela and Vasilache, Simona and Agoston, Simona and Ghinea, Valentina and Stamule, Tanase (2011): Leadership Challenges In Today’s Academia.
Download (208kB) | Preview
Starting from the anecdotic hypothesis that “leading academics is like trying to herd cats”, the paper reviews the main challenges and barriers to present academic leadership. The context is that of the on-going Bologna transformation of the university, and of the renewed quest for competitiveness. The method employed is that of the individual case-study, with a single-embedded design. The case study is exploratory, as we don’t know from sure which the effects of leadership in the university are, and to what degree are they alike, across sub-units of study. The case study is also intrinsic, as its main outcome is not theory-building, but understanding the particularities of a phenomenon strongly tied to its context. Our unit of study is the largest business university in the country, with its faculties and departments. The main data sources are short structured interviews with members of the academic staff. The analysis implies both explanation-building and cross-case synthesis. The results of the study give insights on the context of leadership, enablers and barriers, as well as on the content of leadership, in the particular setting of the academia. Conclusions connect our research with similar endeavours, outlining the particularities and patterns of educational transition in a transition country.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Leadership Challenges In Today’s Academia|
|Keywords:||academic leadership, structural equation model of academic leadership, Romanian academia|
|Subjects:||A - General Economics and Teaching > A2 - Economics Education and Teaching of Economics > A23 - Graduate|
|Depositing User:||Simona Vasilache|
|Date Deposited:||27. Nov 2011 11:47|
|Last Modified:||16. Feb 2013 03:45|
Barker P (2001) The Tidal Model: A radical approach to person-centered care, Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 37(2), pp.79-87.
Bradford, D., Cohen, A. (1998) Power up: transforming organizations through shared leadership, J. Wiley, New York.
Bryman, A. (2007) Effective leadership in higher education: A literature review, Studies in Higher Education, 32, pp.693–710.
Choi, J., Price, R. (2005) The effects of person-innovation fit on personal response to innovation, Journal of occupational and organizational psychology, 78 (1), pp. 83-96.
Choudaha, R. (2011) Academic Leadership Beyond Bottom Line, Edutech.
Collinson D. (2007) Researching Leadership in the Learning and Skills Sector: By the Sector, On the Sector, For the Sector, Centre for Excellence in Leadership. Lancaster University.
Crevani, L., Lindgren, M., Packendorff, J. (2009) Leadership, not leaders: On the study of leadership as practices and interaction, Scandinavian Journal of Management, 26(1), pp.77-86.
Denison, D., Hooijberg, R., Quinn, R. (1995) Paradox and performance: Toward a theory of behavioural complexity in managerial leadership, Organization Science, 6, pp. 524-539.
Field, A. (2005) Questionnaire design, Sage Publications, London.
Fiedler, F. (1967) A Theory of Leadership Effectiveness, McGraw-Hill, New York.
Gardner, W., Avolio, B. (1998) The Charismatic Relationship: A Dramaturgical Perspective, Academy of Management Review, 23, pp.32-58.
Gronn, P. (2002) Distributed leadership in Leithwood, K.A., Hallinger, P. (Eds.), Second International Handbook of Educational Leadership and Administration, Dordrecht, Kluwer, pp. 653–696.
Hanna, D.E. (2003) Building a leadership vision. Eleven strategic challenges for higher education. Retrieved November 10th 2011, from http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ERM0341.pdf
Ho, R. (2006) Handbook of univariate and multivariate data analysis and interpretation with SPSS, Taylor & Francis Group.
House, R.J. (1977) A 1976 theory of charismatic leadership, in Hunt, J., and Larson, L. (Eds.), Leadership: the Cutting Edge, Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, pp.189-207.
Huxham, C., Vangen, S. (2000) Ambiguity, complexity and dynamics in the membership of collaboration, Human Relations, 53 (6), pp. 771-806.
Katz, D., Maccoby, N., Morse, N. (1950) Productivity, Supervision and Morale in an Office Situation, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research.
Kirp, D. (2003) Shakespeare, Einstein and the Bottom Line: The Marketing of Higher Education, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA.
Kumar (1997) The Need for Place, in Smith, A. and Webster, F. (Eds.) The Postmodern University? Contested Visions of Higher Education in Society, SHRE and Open University Press, USA.
Ladyshewsky, R., Jones, S. (2007) Academic leadership and the course coordinator: 'king pin' in the quality process, Proceedings of the Australian Universities Quality Framework conference, Australian Universities Quality Agency, Melbourne, Australia.
Lambert, L. (2002) A Framework for Shared Leadership, Beyond Instructional Leadership, 59 (8), pp.37-40. Likert, R. (1961) New patterns of management, McGraw-Hill, New York.
Lindgren, M., Packendorff, J. (2009) Project leadeship revisited: Towards distributed leadership perspectives in project research, International Journal of Project Organisation and Management, 1(3), pp. 285-308.
Marginson, S. (2007) Global University Rankings: Implications in General and for Australia. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, Vol. 29 (2), pp. 131-142.
McClurken (2010) Open Letter to 2010-2011′s New Department Chairs retrieved on 10th November from http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/open-letter-to-2010-2011s-new-department-chairs/24482.
Neuman, W (1997) Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, Allyn & Bacon.
Parry, K., Bryman, A. (2006) Leadership in Organizations in Clegg, S., Hardy, C. , Nord, W. (Eds.) Handbook of Organization Studies (2nd ed.), Sage, London.
Pearce, C., Conger, J. (2003) All those years ago: The historical underpinnings of shared leadership in Pearce, C., Conger, J. (Eds.), Shared leadership, Sage, London, pp.1-18.
Power, M. (1997) The audit society: Rituals of verification, Oxford University Press.
Ramsden, P., Prosser, M., Trigwell, K., Martin, E. (2007) University teachers' experiences of academic leadership and their approaches to teaching, Learning and Instruction, 17, pp. 140–155.
Readings, B. (1996) The University in Ruins, Cambridge, Harvard University Press, MA.
Scott, G., Coates, H., Anderson, M. (2008) Learning leaders in times of change: Academic leadership capabilities for Australian higher education, Australian Learning and Teaching Council, retrieved on October 10th 2011 from http://www.altc.edu.au/carrick/webdav/users/siteadmin/public/grants_leadership_uws_acer_finalreport_june08.pdf
Spreitzer, G.M., de Janasz, S.C., Quinn, R.E. (1999) Empowered to lead: the role of psychological empowerment in leadership, Journal of Organizational Behaviour, 20, pp.511- 526.
Starkey, K., Tiratsoo, N. (2007) The Business School and the Bottom Line, Cambridge University Press.
Smircich, L., Morgan, G. (1982) Leadership: The Management of Meaning, Journal of Applied Behavioural Studies, 18, pp. 257-273.
Stogdill, R., Coons, A. (1957) Leader behavior: its description and measurement, Columbus, Ohio.
Thacker, R., Wayne, S. (1995) An examination of the relationship between upward influence strategies and assessments of promotability, Journal of Management, 21, pp. 739-756.
Vilkinas, T., Cartan, G. (2001) The behavioural control room for managers: The integrator role, Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 22, pp.175–185.
Vilkinas, T., Cartan, G. (2006) The integrated competing values framework: Its spatial configuration, Journal of Management Development, 25, pp.505–521.
Vilkinas, T. (2009) Improving the Leadership Capability of Academic Coordinators in Postgraduate and Undergraduate Programs in Business, Australian Learning and Teaching Council.
Wood, J. T. (2005) Gendered Lives, Communication, Gender and Culture (6th ed.), Wadsworth/Thompson Learning, Belmont, California, pp. 69–70.
Wilhelmsson, A. (2006) Garch forecasting performance under different distribution assumptions, Journal of Forecasting, 25, pp.561–578.
Zin, S.M., Ngah, N.E., Ismail, R., Ibrahim, N., Jusoff, K., Salleh, A., Tajuddin, N.H.A. (2011) Upward Influence Strategies: Relationship with Academics’ Career Advancement, World Applied Sciences Journal, 12, pp. 27-31.
Yukl, G.A. (2008) Leadership in Organizations (6th Edition), Pearson Education.