The praxes of school and commercial management: Informing and reforming a typology from field research

Kelly, Anthony (2005) The praxes of school and commercial management: Informing and reforming a typology from field research. International Journal of Leadership in Education, 8, (3), 237-251. (doi:10.1080/13603120500064217).


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Despite the tendency to draw on experience from the commercial sector when it comes to theorising about school leadership, there is a paucity of research on comparisons between commercial and educational management. This article presents findings from a research project that followed a number of (experienced and newly appointed) school and commercial managers, and makes comparisons between them in terms of what they do, the nature of their common interactions and their leadership styles. It proposes a new, more grounded and activity-driven typology of leadership styles than that used to underpin existing literature. The discussion takes account of the differences in approach between new and experienced headteachers and commercial managers in terms of how they perceive and actualise leadership.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/13603120500064217
ISSNs: 1360-3124 (print)
Keywords: new leadership typology, school leadership, commercial management, field research
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Leadership, School Improvement and Effectiveness
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Southampton Education School > Leadership, School Improvement and Effectiveness (LSIE)
ePrint ID: 17738
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
July 2005Published
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2005
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:33

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