Re-Thinking the Management of higher Education Institutions - Transformational Leadership


Omutoko, Otieno (2010) Re-Thinking the Management of higher Education Institutions - Transformational Leadership. In: The 1st KIM Conference on Management : Transforming Higher Education - Opportunities and Challenges, KICC.

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The study attempts to examine the management of higher education institutions in Kenya and it explores how challenges facing universities can be addressed with an aim of keeping up with contemporary trends of management and enhance quality and responsiveness. The sample included two public universities and two private universities which were selected on the basis of their proximity to Nairobi as well as the availability of information. Twenty participants from four universities constituted the sample. Four female and four male lecturers, four deans, four chairmen/heads of departments and four heads of ICT departments participated in the study. Questionnaires were used to collect data. A Documentary and Content Analysis was done and a Field Study carried out in March 2009 on management of higher education institutions. This paper explains the legal framework within which universities operate and it assesses how universities in Kenya are managed and the extent to which IT is used as a tool for effective management of complex operations as necessitated by increasing populations. The study was guided by the following research questions: 1. How are universities in Kenya managed? 2. What are the challenges that universities face? 3. How can university management be bettered to suit economic and social changes? The paper attempts to shed light on how higher education institutions can apply corporate knowledge management practices and carry out management by results to support every part of their mission. The paper argues that there is need for higher education institution to focus on consistent and coherent practices in the systems and procedures that are followed, which means that quality assurance should be undertaken in the context of the institutional strategic plan, these will assist in dealing with challenges and constraints facing higher education institutions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Conference > International Conference on Industry and Higher Education - 2010
Depositing User: Mr. David Mwangi
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2014 12:02
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2014 12:02
URI: http://repository.mua.ac.ke/id/eprint/30

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