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International Perspectives on Leadership in Higher Education
Critical Thinking for Global Challenges

Edited By

Jill Jameson

ISBN 9780367487881
Published February 25, 2020 by Routledge
228 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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


Part One

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

Francia Kinchington


Part Two

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

Part Three

Concluding Reflections

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







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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