Managerial leadership competencies of heads of department in higher education institutions in Kerala, India

Crosthwaite, Cheryl and Erwee, Ronel (2014) Managerial leadership competencies of heads of department in higher education institutions in Kerala, India. In: 4th International Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship (EMS 2014): Bridging, 11-14 Sep 2014, Tulsa, OK. United States.

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Abstract

The study investigates the managerial leadership competencies and roles of Heads of Departments in higher education institutions. Thirty six Heads of Department who manage academic departments with subordinate staff in six higher education institutions in Kerala, India were interviewed using semi-structured interviews and an analytical tool. The results assist in clarifying the role of Heads of Department in Indian higher education institutions and enabled the respondents to articulate their perspectives about important managerial leadership competencies.
Heads of Department perceive that they need to possess a unique balance of managerial leadership competencies in order to be effective in higher education institutions. Heads of Department confirmed that many of the managerial leadership competencies that they need to possess are commonly associated with managers in general. However, there are specific competencies which would assist them to deal with the cultural and organisation milieus in which they operate. A recommendation for practices is that if managerial leadership competencies can be identified, they can be operationalised in ways that will assist both the Head of Department and the higher education institution in terms of selection, performance management and development.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This electronic publication is for wide distribution. However, there is no copyright, so revised versions of the paper may be submitted for subsequent publication in other outlets.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2015 05:46
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2017 00:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education institutions; leadership competencies; Indian universities; heads of department
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
Identification Number or DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.2554024
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26639

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