Leadership in Education

Leadership in Education : Organizational Theory for the Practitioner

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For courses in Organizational Theory and Leadership Theory.This text introduces the pivotal theories of organizational leadership behavior in a direct, comprehensive manner. By design, it is written to challenge, change and expand the leadership behaviors of students. Clearly organized, it exposes readers to Closed Systems theories from the first half of the 20th century, Open (Contingency) theories from the mid- century, and current postmodern or anti-positivistic theories.
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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 196.6 x 242.3 x 24.1mm | 780.19g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 0130167444
  • 9780130167446

About Russ Marion

Russ Marion grew up in North Carolina and received four degrees in education and educational administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been a public school teacher, a school principal, and a program director in the North Carolina Department of Education. He is currently a professor of educational leadership at Clemson University in South Carolina where he teaches several courses in organizational theory. Marion's research interests include organizational theory, school finance and student achievement, and nonlinear social dynamics. He has published articles on organizational theory and finance in journals such as Journal of Education Finance, The British Journal of Management in Education, Emergence: A Journal of Complexity Issues in Organizations and Management, and The Journal of School Leadership. In addition to this text, Russ Marion has also written The Edge of Organization: Chaos and Complexity Theories of Formal Social Systems.
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Table of contents

I. CLOSED SYSTEMS THEORY. 1. The Roots of Modern Organizational Theory. 2. Managing Tasks. 3. Supervising People. 4. Tasks Versus People. II. PRESCRIPTIVE OPEN SYSTEMS THEORY. 5. Motivation and Communication in Open Systems. 6. Prescriptions for Leadership. 7. Conflict. III. ANTI-POSITIVISTIC THEORY. 8. Decision Making, Learning, and Loose Coupling. 9. Evolution of Organizational Species: Schools as Professional Bureaucracies. 10. Schools as Cultures. 11. Morality and Organizational Control. 12. Pressures That Shape Organizations. 13. Complexity: Encouraging Innovation, and Building Fitness. 14. Changing Educational Organizations.
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