ERIC Number: ED258333
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-May
Reference Count: 0
The Administrative Manager in the 21st Century: An International Perspective.
Beck, John J.
Consideration of the nature of futures research and of observations about the future of management and management education leads to several conclusions about the characteristics that successful educational administrators will share in the future and the training that will be required to prepare them. Three factors complicating futures research are (1) making sure relevant problems are being posed, (2) determining how to balance the technological possibilities of the future with nontechnological influences, and (3) determining whether forecasts should focus on utility or accuracy. Still, futures research is increasingly in demand and useful forecasting tools are being developed. The currently observable global industrial transformation into an information society will require new forms of management that (1) reemphasize such current management skills as planning, organizing, and decision-making; (2) increase efforts to utilize human resources flexibly; and (3) develop new approaches to change, ethics, education, creativity, and managerial entrepreneurship. Although education is slow to change and produces a unique product, educational management must also move in such directions. Management training programs must teach how theory can be translated into practice, emphasize human resources management, involve study of global concepts, and foster entrepreneurship and creativity. (PGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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Note: Paper presented at the Pan-Pacific Conference II: A Business, Economic, and Technological Exchange (Seoul, South Korea, May 1985).