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Reconceptualising management in Australian universities: Contemporary leadership, active followership and effective management

Holloway, D.A. (2007) Reconceptualising management in Australian universities: Contemporary leadership, active followership and effective management. In: Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference, 4 - 8 December 2007, Sofitel Wentworth Hotel, Sydney

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Abstract

This is an analytical paper that argues for a more enlightened approach to management and leadership practices in Australian universities. The central tenet is that the classical ‘command and control’ mindset—so prevalent in Australian institutions—is no longer relevant in the turbulent and dynamic organizational environment confronting universities. I argue that a more inclusive and collaborative decision-making process that reconceptualises and reframes the more ‘traditional’ management and leadership mindset would better serve a contemporary university. I contend that if organizations such as universities are to reap effective organizational benefits from the existing high levels of knowledge/intellectual human resources capital—via the ability to ‘tap into’ the large staff pool of ‘creativity and intelligence’ that still marks a university as special in this cognitive regard— then strategic and operational decision-making should not remain the exclusive domain of specific individuals or very small elite groups at the senior management level.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: Murdoch Business School
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/7938
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