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The selection of a dean in an academic environment: are we getting what we deserve?

Michael Harvey (University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, USA)
James B. Shaw (Bond University, Robina, Australia)
Ruth McPhail (Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia)
Anthony Erickson (Bond University, Robina, Australia)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Article publication date: 11 January 2013

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the development of the paper was due to the seemingly endless searching for deans to replace the former dean of three to four years.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper was developed around the present relevant secondary data.

Findings

The key findings of the paper were that deans were being replaced due to the difference in expectation of the various constituents (e.g. students, faculty, administration, parents) in the performance of the SBA.

Research limitations/implications

Limitations of the study were not providing primary data to support the theory based hypotheses of the study.

Practical implications

Deans need to recognize that there will be conflicting expectations relative to the performance of the dean and that deans have a very short time to effectuate change in academic organizations.

Social implications

Not having such high turnover in dean's positions should provide the stability of management to bring about change need in institutions of higher education.

Originality/value

Identification of key mistakes made by deans as well as the mistakes made by faculty undermine the performance of deans.

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Citation

Harvey, M., Shaw, J.B., McPhail, R. and Erickson, A. (2013), "The selection of a dean in an academic environment: are we getting what we deserve?", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 27 No. 1, pp. 19-37. https://doi.org/10.1108/09513541311289800

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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