ERIC Number: ED482062
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
"Governance" or "Governing"?
This paper draws on four perspectives on power and its exercise in organizations to analyze the practice of governing colleges and universities. The exploration uses political theories (particularly those assessing the legitimacy and effectiveness of stable political entities), leadership studies, analyses of how formal and informal organizations interact in the management of conflict, and analyses of the tension between bureaucratic and professional authority. The argument proposes that the processes of governing provide more useful data than structures of governance in understanding how college and university organizations manage conflict. It is concluded that power, conceptualized more in Jeffersonian than Machiavellian terms, can form the central theme of a way to govern academic institutions, and has a far better chance of succeeding than any particular structural form. (Contains 34 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Prepared by the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis (Los Angeles, CA). Paper presented to the Governance Roundtable (Santa Fe, NM, June 2003).