Academic Managers or Leaders? Developing a New Paradigm of Academic Leadership for University Organization

By Norzaini Azman, Ibrahim Komoo and Sharina Abdul Halim.

Published by The Organization Collection

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This paper examines the increasing uncertainty regarding academic leadership in Malaysian universities. Arguably, Malaysian universities’ administrators, managers and leaders have grappled with profound internal and external changes that influenced they way they function. This paper highlights some of the notions of academic management and leadership that have contributed to their dysfunctional roles. Based on reviews and a critical examination of the roles and functions of universities, this paper presents an integrated and systematic conception of academic leadership identity and roles and their implication for leadership development. It further proposes a holistic model of academic leadership and management which brings together the strengths of leadership and management and explores their symbiotic relationship. The implications of the model for the university’s organizational structure and for succession planning and career development are also addressed.

Keywords: Academic Leadership, Academic Management, Organisational Structure, Succession Planning, Sustainability of Universities

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp.71-84. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 807.606KB).

Norzaini Azman

Associate Professor and Associate Fellow, Faculy of Education, National Higher Education Research Institute, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Prof. Ibrahim Komoo

Professor and Director, LESTARI and SEADPRI, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Sharina Abdul Halim

Research Fellow, Institute for Sustainability and Development (LESTARI), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia


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