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Strategy in educational leadership: in search of unity

Scott Eacott (School of Education, Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia)

Journal of Educational Administration

ISSN: 0957-8234

Article publication date: 9 May 2008




The purpose of this paper is to examine knowledge of strategy within the field of educational administration. It is intended to be the basis for future empirical research and inquiry into strategy in education by suggesting alternate ways of defining and researching strategy.


The study examines the contemporary context of educational administration, the evolution of strategy as an educational construct, its definition and need within educational administration. Using this information the author identifies key conceptual and methodological issues in current research.


The paper finds that knowledge of strategy in education is incomplete and muddled because research and writing in the field have approached strategy from a narrow and conceptually flawed position.

Research limitations/implications

The advancement of knowledge in the area will only advance with alternate conceptualisations and methodological approaches.


Rather than merely review literature, this paper proposes a redefinition of strategy as an educational administration construct, focusing on key features not words and actions. The hope is that fellow scholars and practitioners will continue to question and focus on the key features of strategy and the issues that confront them.



Eacott, S. (2008), "Strategy in educational leadership: in search of unity", Journal of Educational Administration, Vol. 46 No. 3, pp. 353-375.



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