Leadership Development in Higher Education: A Literature Review and Implications for Programme Redesign

Dopson, Sue, Ferlie, Ewan, McGivern, Gerry, Fischer, Michael D., Mitra, Mahima, Ledger, Jean and Behrens, Sonja Leadership Development in Higher Education: A Literature Review and Implications for Programme Redesign. Higher Education Quarterly. (Accepted)

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Abstract

Leadership development (LD) activity and its effectiveness has not been explored rigorously across changing university settings globally. As Higher Education (HE) settings change radically throughout the world, HE professionals are operating in more uncertain environments, and leaders are taking increasingly complex and diverse approaches to their leadership roles. LD activities therefore become important in supporting this highly complex context, yet little is known in the literature about LD and its impact in HE. We examine peer-reviewed work on LD in HE settings globally to understand what may be learned about its content, processes, outcomes and impact. Our results suggest the current literature is small-scale, fragmented and often theoretically weak, with many different and co-existing models, approaches and methods, and little consensus on what may be suitable and effective in the HE context. We reflect on this state of play and develop a novel theoretical approach for designing LD activity in HEIs.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Leadership development, literature review, LD programme redesign
Subject(s): Leadership
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2018 11:41
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2018 11:41
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/7203

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