The SAGE Handbook of School Organization presents a substantial review of the history, current status and future prospects of the field of school organization. Bringing together chapters exploring key issues, important debates and points of tension, the Handbook highlights the dynamics and interplay of the political, social, historical and cultural contexts of the field. This volume is designed to provide a much-needed critically informed and coherent account of the field, against a backdrop of increasing complexity in which schooling as an institution and schools as organizations operate. Part I: Schools as organizations; Part II: The leadership, management and governance of schools as organizations; Part III: Theoretical perspectives on schools as organizations; Part IV: Organizing in schools; and Part V: Researching schools as organizations.
Chapter 10: School Organization: Authority, Status and the Role of Love as an Integrative Power
[Page 156]The value of greater flexibility and fluidity in organizations and their leadership has been a major focus of study and change for over two decades. The advantage of blurred boundaries, even the boundaryless organization, has been explored and advocated. Co-production, in which boundaries between producer and citizen are crossed in order to work together to design services, has generated an immense literature. The idea and practice of leadership distribution in organizations – replacing steep, rigid, traditional leadership hierarchies – attracts continued interest, reflecting changes in leadership practices. Schools are envisaged as more ...