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ERIC Number: EJ918095
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
ISSN: ISSN-1359-6748
Fundamentalists, Priests, Martyrs and Converts: A Typology of First Tier Management in Further Education
Page, Damien
Research in Post-Compulsory Education, v16 n1 p101-121 Mar 2011
This article presents findings from a study of first tier managers in English Further Education colleges, a role critically neglected within the literature, despite its centrality to organisational effectiveness and learner success. The role was found to be diverse, contested and elastic and while first tier managers were found to be highly autonomous, the research also documented the high levels of "home invasion" of work as first tier managers attempted to meet the immediate gratification needs of senior managers, learners and lecturers. While most management typologies are founded upon a dialectic between organisation and staff, this research suggests that first tier managers operate within a trialectic of organisation, team and students. As such, a typology of first tier management is proposed based upon metaphors of faith which includes four categories: fundamentalists, priests, converts and martyrs, each exhibiting prioritisation within the trialectic and each faith-orientation determining how the role is performed. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom