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What do we know about leadership in higher education?

Professor Jacky Lumby, University of Southampton

The stimulus for this report was a question from the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE); what do we know about leadership in higher education from our research? The report explores what, if anything, might be claimed about leadership in higher education. It considers key questions:

  • What is the knowledge base on which claims might be made?
  • Does the higher education context demand a distinctive approach?
  • Who are the leaders in higher education?
  • How do they operate and how effectively?

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          7. Neo-collegiality: restoring academic engagement in the managerial university
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          5. What do we know about leadership in higher education?
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