Leadership skills in the higher education sector: a study of Scotland

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The dynamic nature of the Higher Education (HE) environment and the challenges faced by institutions has led to a call for effective leadership by academics and practitioners, however what this means in practice remains ambiguous. Particularly, within Scotland there is limited research that examines leadership skills within HE. Therefore, the aim of this study is to examine leadership skills within the HE environment in Scotland. In order to assess this, a research methodology which draws on a pragmatic philosophy and an abductive approach was employed. A mixed method which incorporates both questionnaires and semi-structured interviews as its mode of data collection was used. The study is in two phases. Phase 1 has been conducted in a HE in Scotland with a view of rolling out across other universities. Preliminary findings from phase 1 of the study will be presented at the conference and further developments in improving the paper are considered.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBritish Academy of Management (BAM) 2019 Conference
PublisherBritish Academy of Management
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780995641327
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sep 2019
Event2019 British Academy of Management Conference: Building and Sustaining High Performance Organisations During Uncertain Times - Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Sep 20195 Sep 2019


Conference2019 British Academy of Management Conference
Abbreviated titleBAM 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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