Leading Change in Universities - the Relevance of the Theory and Practice of Change Management
Like most other public sector agencies in the western world, Universities are facing major change management challenges in the face of, inter alia, the globalisation of educational markets, the effects of new e-learning technologies, creeping commercialisation and 'privatisation', and pressures to 're-energise the academic core' as entrepreneurial income generators. It is for good reason that 'leadership' and the capacity to manage change and large-scale projects is being seen by at least some senior academic managers and policy makers as an increasingly important capability. Business schools and academics occupy a peculiar position amidst these changes. On the one hand we produce much of the knowledge about leadership, change management etc. which might be used to better understand the transformation of the institutions in which we work. At the same time this know-how might be mobilised by universities individually or at a sector level to assist in building the capacity required to respond to the challenges being faced. Finally, as practising academics we are ourselves variously; on the 'receiving end' of change, participating within it, or indeed carrying some of the managerial responsibility for its strategic formulation and implementation. The objective of this workshop is to provide a forum in which business school academics can reflect upon and exchange views on the nature and role of leadership and the relevance of change management theory and practice to the University of the 21st century. A version of this workshop ran successfully at ANZAM 2004, Dunedin.
Challenges of Organizations in Global Markets