Adhocracy Drives Evolutionary Change in Higher Education Curriculum

By Joan Richardson, Brian Corbitt and Lorainne Ling.

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This paper discusses characteristics of the university quality and program review processes’ in a large metropolitan university that supported incremental environmentally aligned curriculum change in an Information Communication Technology (ICT) postgraduate degree. A snapshot of professional domain demands for university graduates and processes supportive role, within the timeframe of an episode of change, will be described. Examination of Lewin (1948), Garvin (2000), Kotter (1995) and Jick’s (1991) change management model steps, Morgan’s (1998) open systems characteristics and Beshears’s (1995) participatory management styles provided a benchmarking framework for identification of characteristics within the processes that supported curriculum change. Success of the processes was attributed in part to strategic management of the review process which enabled the structuring of operational review activities to exhibit an Adhocracy management style.

Keywords: Adhocracy, Professional Bureaucracy, Curriculum, Change, Change Models, Open Systems, Higher Education Quality Processes, Higher Education Program Review Cycles

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 9, Issue 6, pp.99-112. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.490MB).

Associate Professor Joan Richardson

Senior Lecturer, School of Business Information Technology Business College, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

For the last decade Joan has worked on University projects aimed at maintaining a leading position in the application of ICT in business and delivering state of the art courses and programs. In 2000 and 2007 Joan was awarded RMIT Teaching Quality awards for continuous improvement in subject resources and innovative use of technologies in education. She has designed and produced a number of multi- media applications and a text in the end-user computing discipline domain. Joan has taught in the information communication technology field specialising in end-user computing, business systems and business alignment.

Prof. Brian Corbitt

Head of School, School of Business Information Technology Business College, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Professor Brian Corbitt - PhD (Monash University), M.Ed.Studs (Monash University), B.Sc (LaTrobe University), Grad Dip Careers (Victoria College), Diploma in Education, (Melbourne), BA (Hons)(1stClass), (University of Melbourne) Brian is the Head of School of Business Information Technology and comes to RMIT with significant experience and international standing and recognition in Information Systems, National Information Policy, Health Informatics and e-learning. Brian will sponsor this project within the University and disseminate the findings to his peers in both higher education and industry.

Lorainne Ling

Dean of the Faculty of Education, Faculty of Education, LaTrobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia

Lorraine Ling is Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Education and Director of the Bendigo Campus. Lorraine is involved with international research projects into education policy and the changing nature of academic work. She is also involved in the professional development of teachers and academics. Her research expertise includes educational administration and policy, values and equity issues, professional development and the political, economical and social context of education and training Professor Ling supervises Masters and Doctoral students undertaking theses and also acts as an examiner for theses.


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