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“An extraordinarily comprehensive treatment of the uses of theory to understand and manage organizations of academic life….recommended for every student of American higher education.” ?Theodore J. Marchese, Senior Consultant, Academic Search Consultation Service, and formerly Vice President of the American Association for Higher Education
The Comprehensive Textbook for Graduate and Master’s Courses
"The best introduction to organizational theory and its implications for higher education leadership/management that I have ever seen. By the end of the course, the students were in an excellent position to place current literature within a framework and relate it to the ‘big picture’ and what they already knew. It provided them with the conceptual lenses to navigate this convoluted intellectual terrain. This work is a treasure!"?Martin J. Finkelstein, College of Education and Human Services, Seton Hall University
"Not only did the text exceed my expectations, but I was amazed by how the students embraced the book’s theoretical perspectives. I highly recommend this textbook to master’s level instructors who seek to foster critical thinking about theory and practice."?Cheryl J. Daly, Director, College Student Personnel Master’s Program, Western Carolina University
This two-volume work is intended to help readers develop powerful new ways of thinking about organizational principles, and apply them to policy-making and management in colleges and universities.
It systematically presents a range of theories that can be applied to many of the difficult management situations that college and university leaders encounter. It provides them with the theoretical background to knowledgeably evaluate the many new ideas that emerge in the current literature, and in workshops and conferences. The purpose is to help leaders develop their own effective management style and approaches, and feel confident that their actions are informed by appropriate theory and knowledge of the latest research in the field.
The book offers readers the tools to balance the real-world needs to succeed in today’s challenging and competitive environment with the social and ethical aspirations of all its stakeholders and society at large. The authors’ aim is to elucidate how administration can be made more efficient and effective through rational decision-making while also respecting humanistic values. This approach highlights a range of phenomena that require attention if the institution is ultimately to be considered successful.
James L. Bess is President of James L. Bess & Associates and Professor Emeritus at New York University, where he taught from 1980-2000. He is the author or editor of eight books and over fifty articles and book chapters.
Jay R. Dee is Associate Professor of Higher Education, Graduate College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Each chapter begins with a preview of its key points and includes a case drawn from recent situations experienced by practitioners. The cases provide concrete experiential “data” against which the theories in each chapter can be tested, validated, and compared with situations that readers encounter at their home institutions. Questions are provided about each case to stimulate reflection on and discussion of the multiple issues raised. Each chapter includes an extensive bibliography on the topic.
Volume I: The State of the System
Volume I provides alternative ways of theoretically conceiving of the more stable and persisting conditions that exist at virtually all higher education institutions — including organizational and departmental design, structure and roles, the institution’s external environment, its culture, and the influence of individual motivation, group dynamics and interpersonal relations. From the theories presented in this volume, administrators will be able to recognize the elements in their institutional dilemmas that have been found commonly to recur across many institutions; understand the conditions that may have caused the problem to arise; and, by utilizing the theories presented, identify successful remedies that have been employed to address them.
Posted January 26, 2014
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