ERIC Number: ED381113
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
A Focus for Human Resource Management in Further Education. Mendip Papers, MP 069.
A study was done to explore the role of senior and middle managers in British Further Education (FE) about a year after these institutions had been incorporated and gained their independence from local funding authorities. The research examined administrator attitudes at a large broadly based urban college providing a wide range of educational and training opportunities and at a smaller, more rural college with a typical range of courses and in the process of developing a center for performing arts. Comparison of the views of senior and middle managers revealed a mixture of different perceptions, opinions and attitudes as well as different institutional responses to change under the new conditions. A critical area of change identified was that senior managers are now responsible for understanding and shaping the organizational culture. The analysis also found that institutions are being challenged to become "thinking organizations" where innovation is supported. Further the data suggest that the challenge may be to release managers from functionalism, to open up the strategic dimension of each manager's work and encourage new ideas about the future. A diagram of the McKinsey framework used in the data analysis is included. (Contains 28 references.) (JB)
Descriptors: Administrative Change, Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Role, College Administration, Colleges, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Organizational Change, Rural Schools, Urban Schools
The Staff College, Coombe Lodge, Blagdon, Bristol BS18 6RG, England, United Kingdom (3.50 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Staff Coll., Bristol (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom