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Higher authority organizational stressors among higher education deans: a multiple case study

Alfred Huan Zhi Chan (Faculty of Psychology and Education, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia)
Mohd Dahlan Malek (Faculty of Psychology and Education, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia)
Ferlis Bahari (Psychology and Social Health Research Unit, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia)

Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education

ISSN: 2050-7003

Article publication date: 30 May 2018

Issue publication date: 19 June 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to identify higher authority organizational stressors encountered by higher education deans.

Design/methodology/approach

This current research employed a qualitative approach utilizing a contextual paradigm with a multiple case study methodology.

Findings

Out of ten investigated deans in a public higher education institution in Malaysia, nine reported experiences of organizational stressor elements arising from higher authority. Three non-overlapping subthemes were systematically discovered.

Practical implications

Successful identification of these higher authority organizational stressors has implications for higher education management policies. Policies that reduce or eliminate these stressors may create a positive and progressive environment for deans and the higher education field.

Originality/value

This study will thus serve to promote a deeper understanding of higher authority organizational stressors encountered by higher education deans.

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Citation

Chan, A.H.Z., Malek, M.D. and Bahari, F. (2018), "Higher authority organizational stressors among higher education deans: a multiple case study", Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, Vol. 10 No. 3, pp. 333-343. https://doi.org/10.1108/JARHE-01-2017-0008

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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