ERIC Number: EJ828396
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Leadership, Power and Activity Systems in a Higher Education Context: Will Distributive Leadership Serve in an Accountability Driven World?
International Journal of Leadership in Education, v10 n3 p301-314 Jul 2007
Leadership often becomes a topic of analysis when discussing challenges faced by higher education in an increasingly accountability-driven world. This article examines leadership practices in one New Zealand higher education context. Rather than examining the traits and practices of strong leaders, however, it explores the effectiveness of a community-centred distributive approach to leadership. It asks what role distributive leadership might play in higher education today and how effective it might be in preserving collegial cultures. The article first theorizes distributive leadership and associated concepts such as accountability, activity systems and power. Then, using a critically reflexive process, it presents three vignettes in a case study of distributive leadership in practice to assess its effectiveness in maintaining collegiality. Finally, in the article, I tentatively answer the research question by discussing how distributive leadership might mitigate the effects of an accountability-driven higher education world.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Collegiality, Foreign Countries, Accountability, Leadership, Case Studies, Vignettes, Power Structure
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand