There is an increasing pressure for leading universities to perform well in competitive global and national ranking systems. International Perspectives on Leadership in Higher Education studies the complexity involved in the development and upkeep of good higher education provision. Without taking anything about leadership, management, governance, administration, authority or power for granted, this book draws together international case studies relating to specific instances of leadership to analyse how they relate to critical thinking and global challenges in higher education.
Using a selection of global case studies, this book explores:
- The extent to which critical thinking on global challenges is employed by higher education leaders,
- The potential for an increase in the role of critical thinking in leadership,
- The creative potential for critical leadership thinking to transform institutions and communities,
- The essential attributes of critical thinking, namely cognitive, affective and social dimensions, and
- The possibility for critical thinking to contribute to the global public common good by encouraging enhanced research, teaching and public service excellence.
Responding to the ever-increasing demands of the higher education climate, International Perspectives on Leadership in Higher Education is a vital resource for anyone occupying leadership positions in higher education institutions and any researchers or students looking to explore the landscape of critical thinking.
Table of Contents
i-x Front matter: Series Introduction; Preface; Acknowledgements; List of illustrations; List of abbreviations; xi-xvii Contributor biographies
Global leadership and Critical thinking in Higher Education
Chapter One: Introduction
Professor Jill Jameson
Chapter Two: Leadership and Critical Thinking: Oxymoron and a Feasible Utopia
Professor Ronald Barnett
Chapter Three: Critical Thinking in Leadership: Leading Change in Complex Contexts
International Case Studies on Leadership in Higher Education
Chapter Four: Europe: Spain: The Cooperative University of Mondragon
Professor Rebecca Boden
Chapter Five: UK/England: Collaboration and Collegiality in University Leadership
Professor Rob Cuthbert
Chapter Six: The United States: Leadership in US Public Research Universities: Design-Based Strategies and Academic Organisation
Professor Jarrett Warsaw
Chapter Seven: Colombia: The Evolution of Critical Leadership in Higher Education: A Case-Study of Transformation in the City of Medellin
Professor Robin Middlehurst and Dr Tom Kennie
Chapter Eight: Europe: Estonia: Critical Leadership Thinking in Intrapreneurship Education in Europe: The Case of Estonia
Dr Mart Kikas and Professor Olav Aarna
Chapter Nine: Europe: Ukraine: The Crisis of Ukrainian Higher Education Reform: Moving Towards a Trauma Informed Understanding
Dr Nataliya L. Rumyantseva, Professor Olena I. Logvynenko and Elena V. Chilina
Chapter Ten: Australia: Global Challenges, Diversity and Feminism in Critical University Leadership
Professor Jill Blackmore
Chapter Eleven: Global Leadership Insights on Critical and Creative Thinking:
Reflecting on the work of Professor N.J. Adler, McGill University, Canada
Professor Jill Jameson
Chapter Twelve: Conclusions and Recommendations:
Professor Jill Jameson
Jill Jameson is Professor of Education and Chair/Director of the Centre for Leadership and Enterprise at the University of Greenwich, UK, and a Visiting Fellow (2018) and current Associate of Lucy Cavendish College and the Cambridge Educational Dialogue Research (CEDiR) Group, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, UK.
Professor Jameson’s experience ensures that a steady hand steers us through the important topic of her new book. Her own academic standing has enabled her to create an excellent book with other senior academics and leaders who share her worldwide reputation. The outcome is an important and rigorous investigation of the criticality of the being of leadership in higher education from an international perspective.
It is well structured, paced and stimulating. It illuminates and helps us understand what is being done and what still needs to be done to ensure the integrity of the university. If we pay heed and learn from the messages then we should be prepared for at least the next couple of crises in higher education!
Paul Gibbs, Professor and Researcher CERS, Middlesex University, UK
The crucial importance of leadership in organizational performance is well documented in fields as diverse as politics, sports, business, and education. Leadership in higher education is particularly interesting because often those chosen to lead universities are selected based on their personal scholarship and professional standing rather than any demonstrated leadership ability. Professor Jameson’s central argument about the importance of critical leadership thinking in meeting new global challenges is well illustrated through international case studies by a carefully selected team of chapter authors. This book makes an important and useful contribution to higher education leaders seeking to up their game.
David W. Chapman, Distinguished International Professor (Emeritus), University of Minnesota, USA