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The incorporation of the further education sector in 1993 was followed by a period of extreme turbulence. Colleges plunged into the complex task of managing huge organizations while under pressure from cuts in funding and a steady expansion in the number and range of students. While financial scandals may have attracted attention, the success of the further education sector in continuing to provide a vital educational service for millions of people has been less recognized. Despite the significant contribution of the sector to education and training, practitioners struggle to find adequate research evidence on which to base reflection and practice. They need material relevant to the specific situation of managers working w

Managing Information and Communication
Managing information and communication
Communication at the Core

The technological advances of the last decade have revolutionized the management of information and communication in many organizations. The advent of systems capable of storing millions of pieces of data has had a profound effect on the overall view of how information and communication can best be managed. The increasing emphasis on effectiveness and efficiency, underpinned by data-driven rational management regimes, has led to an emphasis on information collection and computerized systems. Approximately £36 million was invested in hardware and software in colleges, during the late 1980s and early 1990s (Parker, 1997). Since then, the information requirements of external bodies have enforced the collection of billions of pieces of information and further investment and development ...

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