Managing Complex Educational Change: Large Scale Reorganisation of Schools

Managing Complex Educational Change: Large Scale Reorganisation of Schools

by Keith Pocklington, Michael Wallace
     
 

Why is educational change becoming more complex? Are there patterns in this complexity? How may managers cope effectively with complex educational change?
This book investigates initiatives to reorganise school systems, involving highly emotive closures and mergers. It reveals how reorganisation was a complex change to manage because it was large-scale,

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Why is educational change becoming more complex? Are there patterns in this complexity? How may managers cope effectively with complex educational change?
This book investigates initiatives to reorganise school systems, involving highly emotive closures and mergers. It reveals how reorganisation was a complex change to manage because it was large-scale, componential, systematic, differentially impacting and context dependent. These characteristics affected management tasks, generating ambiguity in the change process that limited managers' capacity to control it. The authors offer four management themes as realistic strategies for coping with complex educational change:
*orchestration
*flexible planning and coordination
*culture building and communication
*differentiated support
Managing Complex Educational Change is essential reading for all concerned with educational change - managers in schools and colleges, students on advanced courses, trainers, local and regional administrators, academics and policy makers. The research has general implications for the theory and practice of managing complex change.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415200967
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1Change gets Complicated
2Unpacking Complexity
3Complex Change in Perspective: A Free for All (within Limits)
4Reoganisation Initiatives: Origins and Outline
5Everything to Play For: Managing Initiation
6Working to a Deadline: Managing Implementation
7Establishing the New Order: Managing Institutionalisation
8Get Real! Coping with Complex Educational Change

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