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Enhancing the effectiveness of senior management teams in schools

Cranston, Neil & Ehrich, Lisa C. (2005) Enhancing the effectiveness of senior management teams in schools. International Studies in Educational Administration, 33(1), pp. 79-91.

Abstract

Teams and teamwork are of increasing importance in schools. This is certainly the case for bodies such as senior management teams (SMTs) which typically hold strategic leadership and decision-making roles in schools. Reported in this paper is a process that can be used by SMTs (and other teams) to critically reflect on their dynamics and current practices and lead to the identification of strategies to develop a more desired situation. The process discussed here uses the ideas of micropolitical theory to facilitate critical reflection on the dynamics of senior management teams and involves: (i) completion of a specially designed questionnaire (TEAM Development Questionnaire) for how the team operates at present (the REAL) and how team members would like it to operate (the IDEAL); (ii) generation and discussion of REAL and IDEAL team profiles and their correlations and otherwise; and (iii) action planning by the SMT to identify strengths as well as identifying areas for future development.

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ID Code: 6718
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information or for a copy of this article contact the author @ l.ehrich@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: Senior management teams, micropolitics
ISSN: 1324-1702
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration & Management
Deposited On: 28 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:11

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