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 6: Competing Narratives of Leadership in Schools: The Institutional and Discursive Turns in Organizational Theory
[Page 84]To a great extent, how we think about leadership depends on how we theorize organizations and their institutional environments. Globally, scholars of public sector organizations and leadership generally agree that there has been a shift toward market-based regimes of governance that have introduced markets, metrics, and managerialism to the public sector (Ball, 2009; Hood, 1991; Meyer & Rowan, 2006; Shipps, 2012). This ‘shift’ has been accomplished through a new set of discourses and practices that are mutually reinforcing and that new networks of local, national, and global ...