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ERIC Number: ED424680
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
The Norwegian Principal: The Impact of National and Local Culture.
Moller, Jorunn
This article provides a snapshot of educational administration and leadership in Norway. The article describes the Norwegian context and the country's educational system. It reports on a small study that was part of a cross-cultural exploration into the principalship, offering a discussion based on interviews of principals from four upper-secondary schools: Soltun, Borgen, Granlien, and Stranda. Each school is briefly described, followed by a synopsis of the principals' typical day, their management styles, their relationships with individuals and groups, how they deal with uncertainty and conflict, and their thoughts on being a male or female principal. The report identifies and highlights some aspects of principalships that may be related partly to Norwegian culture in general and to the local history and established traditions of the single school in particular. The analysis is framed by cultural dimensions developed by Geert Hofstede's study of cultural influences on management in the private sector. Results show that none of the principals felt too much stress. The findings reveal the difficulty in attributing impacts on principalship to national culture. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway