Understanding College and University Organization: Theories for Effective Policy and Practice

Bess_and_Dee._Understanding_College_and_University_Organization._2007._2 Bess, James L. & Dee, Jay R. (2007). Understanding College and University Organization: Theories for Effective Policy and Practice / Two Volume Set. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

The book is written for administrative and faculty leaders in institutions of higher learning, and for graduate students studying to become upper-level administrators, leaders, and policy makers in higher education. It presents a range of theories that can be applied to many of the difficult management situations that college and university leaders encounter. It provides them with the theoretical background to evaluate the many new ideas that emerge in the current literature, and in workshops and conferences.

The purpose is to help leaders develop their own effective management style and approaches, and feel confident that their actions are informed by appropriate theory and knowledge of the latest research in the field. The book offers readers the tools to balance the real-world needs to succeed in today's challenging and competitive environment with the social and ethical aspirations of all its stakeholders and society at large. The authors' aim is to elucidate how administration can be made more efficient and effective through rational decision-making while also respecting humanistic values. This approach highlights a range of phenomena that require attention if the institution is ultimately to be considered successful.