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Postgraduate Course: Strategic Leadership in Education (EDUA11264)

This course will be closed from 31 July 2014

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEducation Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course provides students with an advanced study of Strategic Educational Leadership. Key concepts, principles and processes will be explored; and course members will be encouraged to develop the application of these to their own professional activities. There will be an emphasis on concepts relevant to the challenges of leading for results in a strategic educational context.

There will be exploration of the complex, varied nature of leadership work and the often competing operational demands of the workplace environment on one hand and of strategic, quality and continuous improvement imperatives on the other. The impact of environmental turbulence and uncertainty on strategy and planning within schools, colleges and universities will be examined and the role of strategic leader in providing cohesion in relation to purpose will be explored.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Assessment Methods
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, learners will be able to understand, analyse and critically evaluate:
Contemporary educational organisations and their principal environments;
The managerial and educational environment within which educational professionals work;
How educational organisations are shaped by and developed in response to internal and external environmental factors;
The key characteristics of an effective strategy;
The contribution that strategic leadership can make to successful performance, both of individuals and educational organizations;
The difficulties that strategic leadership face in developing the resources and capabilities of educational organisation-capabilities in particular;
Educational Organisational mission, structure, culture and stakeholders management;

Change management and innovation in educational contexts.
Assessment Information
An Assignment Comprising a review of relevant literature and a theoretically informed and analytical case study of an appropriate organisation (4,000 words maximum)
Assessment Criteria

Explain the nature of strategic leadership and critically evaluate its contribution to the work of educational organisations

Apply relevant theories of the organisation to an analysis of organisational function, structure and culture

Appraise the concept of organisational leadership in relation to relevant theories of change and development

Articulate theories relevant to the leading of/for quality and continuous improvement

Apply the techniques of strategic planning to the evaluation of the leadership of educational organisations

Present an informed appraisal of ethical and other professional issues to be addressed in strategic leadership role
Special Arrangements
This course is delivered entirely online
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Understand, analyse and critically evaluate contemporary educational organisations and their principal environments.
Understand, analyse and critically evaluate the strategic leadership and business environment within which educational professionals work.
Understand, analyse and critically evaluate how educational organisations are shaped by and developed in response to internal and external environmental factors.
Understand, analyse and critically evaluate the market and competitive environments of organisations and how organisational leaders respond to them.
Understand, analyse and critically evaluate globalisation and international forces and how they shape and impact on educational organisations.
Understand, analyse and critically evaluate demographic, social and technological trends and how they shape and impact on educational organisations.
Understand, analyse and critically evaluate government policy and legal regulation and how these shape and impact on educational organisations.

Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Afuah, A. (2009) Strategic Innovation: New Games Strategies for Competitive Advantage, London, Routledge Becerra, M. (2009) Theory of the firm for Strategic Management, Economic Value Analysis, Cambridge University Press Sporn, B. Adaptive University Structures: an analysis of Adaptation to Socioeconomic Environments of US and Europeans University, London, Higher Education Policy Series 54. Bennett, N., Crawford, M. and Cartwright, M (2003) Effective Educational Leadership: Leading and Managing for Effective Education, London, The Open University and Paul Chapman Publishing. Bryson, J. M. (1988) Strategic planning for public and non-profit organisations, Jossey-Bass Carnall, C. A. (1997) (ed) Strategic change, Butterworth-Heinemann Clark, P. (2000) Organisations in Action Routledge, 2000 Clegg, S. R. (2000) Changing Paradigms: the transformation of management knowledge for the 21st Century, Harper Collins Clegg, S. R., Kornberge, M. and Pitsis, T. (2008) 2nd Ed.Managing and Organizations Sage Clegg, S. R. and Hardy, C. (eds) (2000) Studying organisation - theory and method, Sage Davies, B, Ellison, L., and Bowring-Carr, C (2005) School Leadership in the 21st Century: Developing a strategic approach, 2nd Ed., Oxon, Routledge Falmer Grant, R. (2010) Contemporary Strategy Analysis (7th edition) Oxford, Blackwell Pubs. Grant, D. (et al) eds (2004) The Sage Handbook of Organizational Discourse Sage Gabriel, Y. Fineman, S. and Sims, D. (2000) Organising and Organisations 2edn. Sage Grey, C. (2005) A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Studying Organizations, Sage Publications Hussey, D. E (1998) Strategic management from theory to implementation 4edn: Butterworth-Heinemann Joyce, P. M.(1999) Strategic management for the public services, Open U.P. Johnson, G., Scholes, K. and Whittington, R. (2005) Exploring corporate strategy, Text and Cases 7edn: Prentice-Hall Johnson, G., Langley, A., Melin, L. Whittington, R. (2007), Strategy as Practice: Research Directions and Resources, Cambridge University Press Kew, J. and Stredwick, J. (2005) Business Environment Managing in a Strategic Context, CIPD Publishing Leavy, B. and McKiernan, P. (2009) Strategic Leadership: Governance & Renewal, Palgrave Macmillan Lindsead, S., Fulop, L. and Lilley, S. (eds) (2004) Management and Organization: a critical text,,Palrave Macmillan Magreta, J. & Stone, N. (2002) What Management Is Harper Collins Middlehurst, R. (1993) Leading Academics, Buckingham, The Society for Research into Higher Education and Open University Press Mintzberg, H. (2000) The rise and fall of strategic planning, FT/Prentice-Hall Mintzberg H., Ahlstrand, B., Lampel, J. (2009) Strategy Safari. (2nd edition) Prentice Hall Europe Mintzberg, H., Lampel, J., Quinn, J. B. and Ghoshal. S. (2003) The Strategy Process: Concepts, Contexts Cases (4th edition),Pearson Education
Morris, H., Willey, B., and Sachdev, S. (2002) Managing in a Business Context: A HR Approach, Prentice Hall/Pearson
Mullins, L. J. (2007) Management and Organisational Behaviour (8th edition) Pearson Education Palmer, C. and Hardy, I (2000) Thinking about Management, Sage Publications Pavitt, Ke. (1999) Technology management and systems of innovation, Elgar Paton, R. A. and McCalman, H. (2000) Change Management - a guide to effective implementation. SAGE Publications Preedy, M., Glatter, R. and Wise Christine, (2003) Strategic Leadership and Educational Improvement: Leading and Managing for Effective Education, London, The Open University and Paul Chapman Publishing. Pieterseb, W. (2002) Reinventing strategy Wiley Rayner, C., and Adam-Smith, D. (2005) Managing and Leading People, CIPD Publications Ringland, G. (2002) Scenarios in Business Wiley
Tang, J., and Ward, A. (2002) The Changing Face of Chinese Management, Routledge: London
Vasconcellos e Sa, Jorge (2002) The Neglected Firm Palgrave
Wright, P. et al (1998) Strategic management: concepts Prentice-Hall
Watson, G. & Gallagher, K. (2005), Managing for Results, CIPD
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Journal of Education Administration
Journal of Higher Education
Journal of Higher Education Policy and management
Policy and Politics
Policy Studies
Quality in Higher education
School Effectiveness & School Improvement
School Leadership & Management

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