New Perspectives on Academic Leadership Moving the research agenda
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 6 No. 3 (2005): Vol-6-Issue-3-March-2005
Universities, both globally and locally, operate in competitive, internationalised dynamic environments.
Development of strategic capability at all levels has consequently gained priority (Brown, 2004)
including middle management. This has moved academic leadership to the forefront of University
management’s attention with high expectations of leadership development of middle management
academic roles (Alexander, 2000; Leadership and Management, 2003).
Leadership development is not new for HRD scholarship (McGoldrick & Stewart, 1996) and for some
(Hamlin, 2004, 2005) it has been a fundamental locus of their research. Nonetheless leadership has
not attracted the same level of research interest as other areas. Yet in mainstream management
literature leadership is fundamentally linked to successful organisational change (Kotter, 1990; Bennis,
1999; Goffee & Jones, 2005, 2006). The paper is designed to address and better understand this