Appointing senior managers in education : homosociability, local logics and authenticity in the selection process

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Title: Appointing senior managers in education : homosociability, local logics and authenticity in the selection process
Authors: Grummell, Bernie
Devine, Dympna
Lynch, Kathleen
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Date: May-2009
Online since: 2010-10-04T15:35:16Z
Abstract: While there is extensive research on educational leadership and management, the selection of leaders has received comparatively little attention. This article examines how educational leadership is constructed through the selection process in the context of a qualitative study of Irish education. It highlights the tensions that can exist for selection board assessors as they try to balance increasing performativity and new managerialist demands with the traditional ethical and moral dimensions of educational leadership. Key concepts of ‘local logics’ and ‘homosociability’ frame the analysis as it is shown how assessors often select ‘safe’ candidates according to familiar qualities. This normalisation is problematic when educational leadership is faced with intense organisational and socio-cultural change. It is also problematic in gender terms, especially in higher education, where the prevailing leadership model is a masculine one. Differences between sectors are evident, with the primary and second level sectors translating criteria to the local logics of the institution and emphasising the personal qualities of candidates. The higher education sectors were more formalised in their application process, highlighting their own ‘local logics’ of strategic and professional management criteria.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Sage
Journal: Educational Management Administration & Leadership
Volume: 37
Issue: 3
Start page: 329
End page: 349
Copyright (published version): 2009 BELMAS
Keywords: GenderHomosociabilityLeadershipNew managerialismSelection for senior postsEducation
Subject LCSH: Educational leadership
Executives--Selection and appointment
DOI: 10.1177/1741143209102783
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Education Research Collection
Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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