ERIC Number: ED424808
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
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Strategic Change and Faculty Participation: Problems and Possibilities. AIR 1998 Annual Forum Paper.
Morriss, Susan B.
This study examined the role of faculty participation on strategic change within higher education. An open-ended questionnaire was completed by seven individuals from Singapore and the United States who had had experience with higher education strategic planning and change as both faculty and administrators in Australia, Canada, Singapore, and the United States. It was found that all of the respondents agreed on the necessity of involving stakeholders, particularly the faculty, in strategic change. Many also pointed to the difficulty of getting quality participation from faculty, due to the fact that faculty often have a narrow perspective, that faculty participation involves a large commitment of time, and that faculty are often reluctant to address complex issues or problems. Respondents emphasized the negative impact of overly hierarchical and bureaucratic organizational structures, which were more typical in Singapore than elsewhere. The comments also emphasized the impact that organizational culture, planning processes, reward structures, and institutional mission can have on faculty participation in strategic change. Suggestions for encouraging and improving faculty participation were also offered. (Contains 32 references.) (MDM)
Descriptors: Administrators, College Administration, College Faculty, Cross Cultural Studies, Educational Attitudes, Educational Change, Educational Planning, Faculty College Relationship, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Institutional Mission, Participation, Participative Decision Making, Rewards, School Culture, Strategic Planning
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; Singapore; United States