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ERIC Number: EJ1006315
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-0951-354X
Sustainable Leadership: Honeybee Practices at Thailand's Oldest University
Kantabutra, Sooksan; Saratun, Molraudee
International Journal of Educational Management, v27 n4 p356-376 2013
Purpose: The aim of this paper is to adopt Avery and Bergsteiner's 23 sustainable leadership practices derived from sustainable organizations as a framework to examine the leadership practices of Thailand's oldest university. Design/methodology/approach: Avery and Bergsteiner's principles were grouped into six categories for analysis: long-term perspective, staff development, organizational culture, innovation, social responsibility, and ethical behavior, providing the framework for analysis of the university. Adopting a multi-data collection approach, research teams supplemented case study data with participant observations, and reference to documentation and information supplied by, or published about the university. Semi-structured interviews were held with multiple stakeholders. Findings: Six core sets of practices consistent with 21 sustainable leadership practices are identified: a focus on a long-term perspective, staff development, a strong organizational culture, innovation, social and environmental responsibility and ethical behavior. Practical implications: Since sustainable leadership principles link to enhanced brand and reputation, customer and staff satisfaction, and financial performance, the Sustainable Leadership Grid provides educational leaders with a useful checklist for this purpose. Originality/value: This paper contains the first examination of sustainable leadership in the higher education sector. It shows that even a public service organization can adopt the long-term, socially responsible principles of sustainable leadership. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Thailand