ERIC Number: ED474985
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Resource Acquisition and Allocation.
This document is a chapter in "The Principles and Practice of Educational Management," which aims to provide a systematic and analytical introduction to the study of educational management. The structure of the book reflects the main substantive areas of educational leadership and management, and most of the major themes are covered in the volume's 19 chapters, of which this is one. This chapter takes the premise that schools, colleges, and educational organizations of all types exist to provide an environment for learning and teaching and that their purpose is to enable these processes to provide maximum benefit to students. It focuses on the ways that schools and colleges manage the resources available to them to enhance student learning. It defines what is meant by resources and how organizational perspectives can influence resource management. Resource management can be described as a series of four processes: acquisition, allocation, utilization, and evaluation. The key points when assessing these processes involve opportunities and incentives, opportunity costs, decisions about resources within a set time period, putting a budget plan into operation, and then evaluating the efficiency, effectiveness, equity, value, and cost-effectiveness of the plan. When taken together, the effective manager must look at resource use and its implications within a long-term framework of strategic management and organizational development planning. With increasing autonomy at the school level, the need for education mangers to demonstrate their effectiveness in managing resources has become more significant. This heightened autonomy means that management resources at the institutional level are an integral aspect of the overall management of an organization. (Contains 36 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: The Principles and Practice of Educational Management; see EA 032 295.