ERIC Number: ED440789
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Succession Management: A Necessary Strategy for Rural School Administration.
Wallin, Dawn C.
This paper discusses succession planning for rural educational administrators, focusing on management succession practices, responsibilities, and policies that ensure the efficient and effective transition of rural administrators. In planning their human resources, all organizations must match the needs of the organization with the shifting needs of employees. Given the highly dynamic environment of rural school divisions and the shortage of qualified rural administrators, the planning process for administrative succession is of prime importance. Succession planning promotes continuity of leadership, but the logical link between district objectives and the learning and development of administrators is often absent due to the top-down mechanistic practices generally used in succession planning. A better approach is a continuous improvement process based on individual and organizational learning. A good succession management plan addresses the nature of the rural school system and its attendant role constraints and opportunities for administrators, offers support to administrators, and recruits and develops administrative potential within the system in addition to external recruitment efforts. The work on succession planning should take place on three levels: strategic, managerial, and operational. This paper discusses strategies for succession planning and development, the shift from succession management to career management, and recommendations for succession management policies. An appendix lists advantages and disadvantages of several approaches to matching employees and jobs. (Contains 30 references.) (SV)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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