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Leadership in Higher Education

This entry sets out firstly, to consider why the term ‘leadership’ in higher education remained elusive until well into the third quarter of the 20th century, and secondly, how and why this term was initially contested, but then came to enter the lexicon of higher education. Thirdly, the entry looks at how, once it was accepted that leadership was an important consideration in realising a higher education institution’s ambition, it came to be supported in terms of research, policy, and practical developmental support. Understanding this evolution is very much in the context of the emergence of the increasing marketisation of higher education globally, requiring new responses to deliver the requirements of changed market forces in a process of continuous change. This entry traces nuanced conceptions ...

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