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The effects of major change : a case study of an Australian university

conference contribution
posted on 2012-01-01, 00:00 authored by Mohd Fauzi Bin Kamarudin, Karen StarrKaren Starr
Organisational RestructuringLeading higher education organisational restructuring is not an easy task. It involves various degree of engagement, decision making and strategic alliances to make the change a success. Research has shown that organisational restructuring has impact on individuals of the organization and vice versa. Studies have shown that imposed change may create negative emotions such as fear of losing something important, anger and anxiety. On the contrary, planned change is accompanied by excitement and hope. Thus, the call for best practices in leading successful organizational change is greater than ever. Factors such as the fundamental characters and practices of higher education, as well as the presence of various human factors (academics and administrative) need to be taken into account. This paper presents the preliminary findings of a case study on organisational restructuring at a higher education institution in Australia. The restructuring in focus involves the amalgamation of two university faculties into one. This paper seeks to present the experiences and life accounts of faculty members with regards to leadership during the amalgamation process. Interviews were carried out with both the academic and administrative staff. Analysis of the interviews found a variation of views on leadership at different levels of the organisation, the emergence of leadership in times of crisis, the gap between the academics and administrative as well as the importance of organisational members to make the restructuring a success. The paper ends with useful suggestions for leaders and their role towards leading successful change in today’s complex higher education scenario.

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Event

World Universities Forum (5th : 2012 : Rhodes, Greece)

Pagination

1 - 12

Publisher

Common Ground Publishing

Location

Rhodes, Greece

Place of publication

[Rhodes, Greece]

Start date

2012-01-08

End date

2012-01-10

Language

eng

Publication classification

E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed

Title of proceedings

Proceedings of the 5th World Universities Forum : Reinventing the university in a time of crisis

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