School-Based Management: Organizing for High Performance / Edition 1

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This book examines the school-based management strategies that hold the most promise for increasing organizational effectiveness.School-based management (SBM) has gained popularity as a method for local school participants—educators, parents, students, and the community at large—to improve their schools. Yet there is little empirical evidence supporting a link between SBM and improved performance. Why have results been so disappointing? Can they be improved—or is the theory itself flawed? This book examines the SBM strategies that hold the most promise for increasing organizational effectiveness. Basing their approach on the pioneering ''high-involvement'' model, the authors reveal the need to go beyond thinking about SBM as a simple transfer of power and to view it as a change in organizational design. Successful SBM depends upon the development of a shared understanding of a new way of operating. The challenge is to redesign an organization that enables educators to engage in the extensive learning required to adopt new approaches to teaching and learning; involves them in the continuous improvement of performance; and promotes the involvement and responsiveness of the school to the diverse needs of the community.

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''Mohrman and Wohlstetter have written the most important volume on school-based management to date... a significant contribution to the school reform literature.'' —Joseph Murphy, professor and chair, department of educational leadership, Vanderbilt University
Examines school-based management (SBM) strategies using an approach based on the "high involvement" model, for scholars, practitioners, and policy makers. Addresses subjects such as high-involvement management in the private sector, models of high-performance schools, the role of teachers in school reform, and new directions for school- based management. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787900359
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/14/1994
  • Series: Education Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 5.91 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 2.36 (d)

Meet the Author

SUSAN ALBERS MOHRMAN is Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Effective Organizations in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Southern California. PRISCILLA WOHLSTETTER is associate professor of politics and policy in the School of Education at the University of Southern California. She also serves as a senior research fellow with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education and directs CPRE's Study of School-Based Management, upon which this book is based.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Improving School Performance(Susan Albers Mohrman,Priscilla Wohlstetter)
Part One: School-Based Management and High Performance
2. High-Involvement Management in the Private Sector(Susan AlbersMohrman)
3. School-Based Management: An Overview(Rodney T. Ogawa, Paula A.White)
4. Models of High Performance Schools(Priscilla Wohlstetter, RoxaneSmyer)
5. The Role of Teachers in School Reform(Susan Moore Johnson,Katherine C. Boles)
6. Education by Charter, Priscilla Wohlstetter
7. Establishing the Conditions for High Performance(PriscillaWohlstetter, Susan Albers Mohrman)
Part Two: Creating High Performance
8. Making the Transition to High-Performance Management(SusanAlbers Mohrman)
9. Change in Schools: Lessons from the Literature(David D.Marsh)
10. Understanding and Managing the Change Process(Susan AlbersMohrman, Priscilla Wohlstetter)
11. Conclusion: New Directions for School-BasedManagement(Priscilla Wohlstetter, Susan Albers Mohrman)

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