Scoping a distributed leadership matrix for higher education

Sandra Jones, Ann Applebee, Marina Harvey, Geraldine Lefoe

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    Abstract

    While there has been significant research into the theory and practice of distributed leadership in the school system, there has been less research into its applicability into higher education. This is somewhat surprising given the pressure on universities to reshape their governance models to accommodate a more competitive business environment as education becomes an important contributor to national economies. It is also interesting that, despite resistance from academics to the more ‘enterprise-based’ approach to shaping university leadership, there has not been a focus on a distributed leadership model that appears to accommodate the need for the autonomy that underpins academic culture. It is within this context that this paper intends to use the findings of four recently completed empirical projects funded under the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Leadership Project (LP) grant scheme to identify synergies in approach. This identification constitutes a scoping of the issues that need to be considered in exploring the applicability of distributed leadership in higher education.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationResearch and development in higher education
    Subtitle of host publicationpapers presented at the 33rd annual conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
    EditorsM. Devlin, J. Nagy, A. Lichtenber
    Place of PublicationMilperra, NSW
    PublisherHigher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
    Pages359-369
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Print)0908557809
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventHigher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conference (33rd : 2010) - Melbourne
    Duration: 6 Jul 20109 Jul 2010

    Conference

    ConferenceHigher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conference (33rd : 2010)
    CityMelbourne
    Period6/07/109/07/10

    Keywords

    • distributed leadership

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    Jones, S., Applebee, A., Harvey, M., & Lefoe, G. (2010). Scoping a distributed leadership matrix for higher education. In M. Devlin, J. Nagy, & A. Lichtenber (Eds.), Research and development in higher education: papers presented at the 33rd annual conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (pp. 359-369). Milperra, NSW: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.