Hogeschool van Amsterdam

The influence of direct executive managers on lecturer’s perceptions on new organisational aims in times of academic drift.

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During educational change, managers can contribute positively to the professional’s sense of coping ability. The question remains as to whether the managers of lecturers can also influence the perception of lecturers on newly formulated organizational aims.

Recently, the changes in many European institutes of higher professional education (HPE) have been considerable. The innovationsathand include the Dutch HPE institutes changing from teaching-only institutes toward hybrid organizations for teaching and research. The role of lecturers is central in implementing research into HPE, especially into the educational programmes. Hence, lecturers’ view on the new organizational aims are crucial. Based on a quantitative design, lecturers’ perceptions on the new organizational aims are measured. As part of a structural equation model, these perceptions are related to how lecturers perceive their direct executives’ leadership style, directly as well as mediated by executive-imputed organizational structures as collaboration systems and decision-making processes. The results show that the direct influence of executives based on their leadership style is limited, while initiating lecturers’ participation in decision-making processes is an important influence on lecturers’ perceptions on new organizational aims. More empirical insight into leadership factors and organizational structures can enlarge the improvement of goal achievement during organizational change.

Reference Griffioen, D. M. E., & de Jong, U. (2017). The influence of direct executive managers on lecturer’s perceptions on new organisational aims in times of academic drift. International Journal of Leadership in Education, 20(4), 451-467.
Published by  Higher Education, Research and Innovation 1 January 2017

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Jan 2017

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