ERIC Number: ED357698
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Redesigning Collegiate Leadership: Teams and Teamwork in Higher Education.
Bensimon, Estela Mara; Neumann, Anna
This report examines the usefulness of leadership teams in higher education based on study results involving 15 institutions of higher education located throughout the United States. In chapters 1 and 2 the concept of the "leadership team" is introduced by means of: (1) a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of teamwork; and (2) a comparison of the conventional view of leadership as a "one-person act" with the idea that leadership is a shared, interactive, culturally framed activity. Chapters 3, 4, and 5 explore how a team works when it is thought of in cultural terms, including what leaders may hope to derive from team functioning, how team members think together, and how teams that work like complex social brains are designed. A variety of examples are presented, drawn from the study, to make the point that what the team and their members do, and especially how they think, makes a difference between real teamwork, and teamwork that is illusory. Chapters 6, 7, and 8 are devoted to issues of team building, including how to develop teams that are inclusive and responsive to complex campus changes. The book concludes with a review of the principles of good teamwork and recommendations for team building. Appendices include a sample interview protocol. Contains 86 references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Center for the Study of Higher Education.; Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Coll. of Education.
Note: Published in book form by Johns Hopkins University Press, 2715 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218-4319 (ISBN-0-8018-4561-0: $29.95).