Academic Leadership in Perspective

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Nova Publishers, 2005 - Education - 195 pages
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This is a study which deals with leadership in the context of different disciplinary and departmental cultures during an era when budget funding for universities has been declining and the power of individual leaders is increasing. It is a comparative study involving eight university departments, which represent four distinct disciplines -- history, sociology, biology and physics -- at two Finnish universities. All the departments studied were established around a single chair. Within them faculty members are trained, teach and have common backgrounds in the same basic discipline.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
11 Key Concepts
3
12 The Structure of the Thesis
7
Historical Background
11
23 The Tides of Finnish Higher Education Policy
14
24 Increasing the Power of Individual Leaders
26
Leadership Theories and Academic Context
31
32 Academic Institutions as a Leadership Environment
42
52 Interpretations of Disciplinary Perspectives and Values
90
53 Schools of Thought and Intellectual Divisions
107
54 Choice of Specialisms and Mobility Between Them
110
55 Disciplinary Differences and Leadership Issues
113
Leadership Cultures in a Historical Perspective
119
62 The Formation of Departmental Leadership Cultures
121
63 Some Remarks on the Departments Studied
125
64 Eight Case Studies
127

33 Finnish Studies on Academic Leadership
55
Methodology and Data
61
42 Research Methods
71
43 The Choice of the Departments to be Studied
72
44 Access
74
45 The Phases of The Study
76
47 Coding and Analysis
79
48 A Note on Credibility of Interpretations
81
Disciplinary Cultures and Academic Leadership
87
51 Bechers 1989a Frame
88
Conclusions
159
71 Types of Leadership Cultures
161
72 Diverse Leadership Contexts
166
73 Leadership and Cultural Change Does Leadership Matter?
169
74 A Note on Power Leadership and Academic Work
171
75 Concluding Remarks
173
References
177
Index
193
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