Socrates in the Boardroom: Why Research Universities Should Be Led by Top Scholars

Socrates in the Boardroom: Why Research Universities Should Be Led by Top Scholars

by Amanda H. Goodall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691138001

ISBN-13: 9780691138008

Pub. Date: 09/28/2009

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Socrates in the Boardroom argues that world-class scholars, not administrators, make the best leaders of research universities. Amanda Goodall cuts through the rhetoric and misinformation swirling around this contentious issue—such as the assertion that academics simply don't have the managerial expertise needed to head the world's leading

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Socrates in the Boardroom argues that world-class scholars, not administrators, make the best leaders of research universities. Amanda Goodall cuts through the rhetoric and misinformation swirling around this contentious issue—such as the assertion that academics simply don't have the managerial expertise needed to head the world's leading schools—using hard evidence and careful, dispassionate analysis. She shows precisely why experts need leaders who are experts like themselves.

Goodall draws from the latest data on the world's premier research universities along with in-depth interviews with top university leaders both past and present, including University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann; Derek Bok and Lawrence Summers, former presidents of Harvard University; John Hood, former vice chancellor of the University of Oxford; Cornell University President David Skorton; and many others. Goodall explains why the most effective leaders are those who have deep expertise in what their organizations actually do. Her findings carry broad implications for the management of higher education, and she demonstrates that the same fundamental principle holds true for other important business sectors as well.

Experts, not managers, make the best leaders. Read Socrates in the Boardroom and learn why.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691138008
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.10(h) x 5.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Preface xiii

CHAPTER ONE: The Argument 1

CHAPTER TWO: Leaders of the World's Top Universities 24

CHAPTER THREE: Deans of the Top Business Schools 46

CHAPTER FOUR: Is There Longitudinal Evidence That Scholars Improve the Performance of Their Universities? 55

CHAPTER FIVE: Why Choose Leaders Who Are Scholars? What University Presidents Say about It 79

CHAPTER SIX: How Do Leaders Get Selected? 106

CHAPTER SEVEN: Expert Leaders among Professionals, in Sport and the Arts 124

CHAPTER EIGHT: In Conclusion 136

APPENDIX ONE: Data Collection 141

APPENDIX TWO: Bibliometric Data 147

APPENDIX THREE: The Sample of Universities and Business Schools 153

APPENDIX FOUR: The Decline of Nobel Prizes in Europe 159

APPENDIX FIVE: Analysis of All Departments (Those Rated Top-5 in the RAE) 163

APPENDIX SIX: Notes from a Department Head 167

References 169

Index 181

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