Strategic Leadership of Change in Higher Education : What's New? book cover
2nd Edition

Strategic Leadership of Change in Higher Education
What's New?

Edited By

Stephanie Marshall

ISBN 9781138604018
Published March 11, 2019 by Routledge
166 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The contributors to this book are all leaders in their field – senior executives who have successfully led pan-university initiatives. Providing examples of bold initiatives and an analysis of their implementation, this book helps the reader reflect on how they might wish to proceed, authentically, in leading and supporting wide-scale change in the future. Each chapter highlights the power of the narrative of change.

In particular, this second edition demonstrates a change in considering global factors; it:

  • Uses a case study approach to examine global higher education institutions
  • Reflects the huge change in the global higher education landscape over the past 10 years
  • Reflects on initiatives from the first edition in terms of how they were scaled up and draws on the advantages and disadvantages of each
  • Includes a conclusive ‘Where to Next' section that ensures responsiveness and agility to the rapidly changing landscape and flags up a new paradigm for leadership: E4 leadership (engaging, energised, empowering and engaged).

Strategic Leadership of Change in Higher Education is crucial reading for all those involved in leadership and management positions in higher education. With an emphasis on behaviours, alongside passion, ambition and a commitment to shared values as key ingredients to the success of strategic leaders, this book provides expert commentary and global insights. This is a cutting-edge book that will continue to provide higher education leaders and managers with the information necessary to stay ahead of the curve.

Table of Contents

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Stephanie Marshall


Antony Seldon


Part I

Chapter 1: Global context

Stephanie Marshall

Chapter 2: Strategy, governance and leadership

Ewart Wooldridge

Chapter 3: Leading and managing strategic change

Stephanie Marshall


Part II

Chapter 4: Transforming universities through use of management analytics

Ian Dunn

Chapter 5: Successful leadership and management to achieve major strategic change: making the Melbourne Model

Peter McPhee

Chapter 6: Forward With Integrity at McMaster University

Patrick Deane

Chapter 7: Promoting parity of esteem in teaching and research

Geraint Howells

Chapter 8: Birth of the PLuS Alliance

Merlin Crossley and Paul Ramadge

Chapter 9: Indigenous empowerment and diversity in higher education

Jessa Rogers

Chapter 10: Integrating research and teaching: Leading educational change in a research-intensive university in the UK

Dilly Fung


Part III

Chapter 11: Successful strategic leadership: the contribution of Governance

Geoff Donnelly

Chapter 12: Some final reflections – from a governance perspective

Ewart Wooldridge

Chapter 13: What does the future look like for strategic leadership?

Stephanie Marshall

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Stephanie Marshall is Vice-Principal (Education) at Queen Mary University of London.


This edition of Strategic Leadership of Change in Higher Education is prescribed reading for anyone who is taking on a leadership or management position in higher education or who has a scholarly interest in the management of institutional change. Built on a deep understanding of research in the management of change, the book contains a series of compelling reflective stories crafted by some of today’s most influential leaders in higher education internationally. For the academic leader who needs to engage with change on a daily basis in the ever-shifting landscape of higher education, there can surely be no better source of ideas, experience and inspiration.

Professor Grahame T Bilbow, Director, Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


With this new edition, Marshall offers an engaging and inspiring book helping leaders and managers in higher education to learn from colleagues and leaders with exciting case studies. The book provides a powerful tool for leaders to engage in reflective practice, analyse their actions in light of current policy settings and international experiences and practices to achieve their Grand vision. This book will stimulate leaders and mangers to lead change as responsible, effective professionals – thorough engagement and empowering others. An appreciated contribution to the field of educational leadership.


Helen Bråten, senior advisor and project manager of Centres for Excellence in Education, NOKUT, Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education, Norway