An Applied Application of Contemporary Strategic Leadership Analysis in Higher Education for Managing Organizational Environmental Adaptation and Change

By Darrell Norman Burrell and Emad Rahim.

Published by The Organization Collection

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Strategic thinking and strategic systems planning are not frequent management notions for university leaders. Private liberal arts colleges are facing some financial and growth challenges that are threatening their survival. These challenges are a result of shrinking financial revenue issues related to dwindling resources as a result of the current U.S. economy, increased marketplace options for higher education, and intense competition. Because of shifting economic, global, and technological paradigms, a systems thinking approach to university leadership should be to focus on strategic planning and change frameworks that promote, encourage, and foster adaptation to change, program feature and delivery innovation, and creative organizational structures. In the current volatile atmosphere, strategic systems thinking, tactical development, and strategic planning implementation approaches are critical for organizational survival, growth, health, and longevity. The complexity of this approach is that universities and colleges have not operated in this manner in the past. The ability to adapt, strategically plan, and evolve is critical in responding to competitive market forces and environmental uncertainty in order to break historical and fixed organizational structures and strategies.

Keywords: Strategic Planning, Leadership Decision Making

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp.77-90. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 902.949KB).

Prof. Darrell Norman Burrell

Doctoral Student and Faculty Member, A.T. Still University and Virginia International University, Warrenton, VA, USA

Darrell Norman Burrell is a doctoral student at A.T. Still University. He is a faculty member at Virginia International University. He teaches as an adjunct faculty member with Averett University, Strayer University, and in the “Green” MBA in Sustainability Development with Marylhurst University. He is also a Presidential Management Fellow, with over 15 years of management experience. He has an EdS (Post Master’s Terminal Degree) in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University. He has graduate degrees in Human Resources Management and Organizational Management from National Louis University, and a graduate degree in Sales and Marketing Management from Prescott College. He has over 27 publications and has presented over 20 peer reviewed conferences.

Dr. Emad Rahim

Faculty, Morrisville State College and Walden University, Syracuse, NY, USA

Dr. Emad Rahim is an Assistant Professor at Morrisville State College for the School of Business, and the Principal Consultant at Global i365 LLC., where he specializes in diversity management and executive leadership training. He earned a Doctorate Degree in Management and Organizational Development from Colorado Technical University. He is also a faculty member at Colorado Technical University and Walden University where he teaches doctoral courses in management and action research. He has an extensive list of publications and conference presentations in national and international conferences and peer review journals.


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