Enhancing the effectiveness of senior management teams in schools

Cranston, Neil and Ehrich, Lisa (2005) Enhancing the effectiveness of senior management teams in schools. International Studies in Educational Administration, 33 1: 79-91.

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Author Cranston, Neil
Ehrich, Lisa
Title Enhancing the effectiveness of senior management teams in schools
Journal name International Studies in Educational Administration
ISSN 1324-1702
Publication date 2005-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 33
Issue 1
Start page 79
End page 91
Total pages 13
Editor Kam-Cheung Wong
Colin W. Evers
Place of publication Penrith, NSW, Australia
Publisher Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject 330104 Educational Policy, Administration and Management
749906 Education policy
Abstract Teams and teamwork are of increasing importance in schools. This is certainly the case for bodies such as senior management teams (SMTs) which typically hold strategic leadership and decisionmaking roles in schools. Reported in this paper is a process that can be used by SMTs (and other teams) to critically reflect on their dynamics and current practices and lead to the identification of strategies to develop a more desired situation. The process discussed here uses the ideas of micropolitical theory to facilitate critical reflection on the dynamics of senior management teams and involves: (i) completion of a specially designed questionnaire (TEAM© Development Questionnaire) for how the team operates at present (the REAL) and how team members would like it to operate (the IDEAL); (ii) generation and discussion of REAL and IDEAL team profiles and their correlations and otherwise; and (iii) action planning by the SMT to identify strengths as well as identifying areas for future development.
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