Discourses of change ownership in higher education

Discourses of change ownership in higher education Purpose – This paper demonstrates how the positioning of self and others affects change in higher education. Design/methodology/approach – The discourse of various educators was collected during various interviews and discussion groups. A positioning theory framework was used to analyse the data and derive conclusions. Findings – It is shown that if individuals are understood in terms of their agendas in relation to the organisational context that they can be better led. Research limitations/implications – The quantity and quality of data available has limited the integrity of conclusions drawn from this paper. Further research is proposed that will provide a more robust understanding. Practical implications – An approach to understand how to deal with various stakeholders is presented for leaders. There is a need to deal with each person as an individual depending on how their personal agendas influence their priorities. Originality/value – This paper introduces a social constructionist perspective to leading academics. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quality Assurance in Education Emerald Publishing

Discourses of change ownership in higher education

Quality Assurance in Education, Volume 13 (4): 9 – Dec 1, 2005

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0968-4883
DOI
10.1108/09684880510626601
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper demonstrates how the positioning of self and others affects change in higher education. Design/methodology/approach – The discourse of various educators was collected during various interviews and discussion groups. A positioning theory framework was used to analyse the data and derive conclusions. Findings – It is shown that if individuals are understood in terms of their agendas in relation to the organisational context that they can be better led. Research limitations/implications – The quantity and quality of data available has limited the integrity of conclusions drawn from this paper. Further research is proposed that will provide a more robust understanding. Practical implications – An approach to understand how to deal with various stakeholders is presented for leaders. There is a need to deal with each person as an individual depending on how their personal agendas influence their priorities. Originality/value – This paper introduces a social constructionist perspective to leading academics.

Journal

Quality Assurance in EducationEmerald Publishing

Published: Dec 1, 2005

Keywords: Higher education; Change management; Self esteem; Psychology; Sociotechnical theory

References

  • Positioning: the discursive production of selves
    Davies, B.; Harré, R.

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