Senior management teams in schools : understanding their dynamics, enhancing their effectiveness

Cranston, Neil C. & Ehrich, Lisa C. (2009) Senior management teams in schools : understanding their dynamics, enhancing their effectiveness. Leading & Managing, 15(1), pp. 14-25.


Increasingly it has been argued that senior management teams (SMTs), comprising principals, deputy heads and other personnel, play a critical role in the governance of schools. In recent years, many researchers have drawn upon the tools of micropolitics to illuminate the relationships, dynamics and power plays between and amongst members of SMTs. The paper has two foci. Firstly, it overviews some of the seminal literature in the field of SMTs and micropolitics in an attempt to identify the working practices of and challenges facing members of SMTs. Secondly, it discusses an instrument, the TEAM Development Questionnaire, that emerged from a synthesis of this writing and research. The questionnaire presented here was especially devised to use with members of SMTs to help them (i) identify the dynamics amongst team members; and (ii) identify areas for the team to improve. A set of procedures for implementing the TEAM Development Questionnaire is provided to demonstrate its application to the field.

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ID Code: 27640
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 1329-4539
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 The Australian Council for Educational Leaders
Deposited On: 30 Sep 2009 21:39
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 14:41

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