Lacking a shared vision: Practitioners and the literature on the topic of strategy

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Eacott, Scott. (2010). Lacking a shared vision: Practitioners and the literature on the topic of strategy. Journal of School Leadership. 20(4), pp. 425 - 444.
AuthorsEacott, Scott
Abstract

Strategy is an ambiguous term in the field of educational leadership. This article reports on a study in which I sought to investigate how practicing school principals and the literature construct the concept. Specifically, I investigated the congruence between two sources of data: the transcribed texts of interviews with practicing principals and a systematic search of peer-reviewed journal articles extending over a 28-year period. The poor match between practitioners and the literature in how they portray the strategic role of school leaders challenges scholars and practitioners alike to reconsider the conceptualization of strategy. If strategy is to become a meaningful construct in the field, then a broader, more discursive lens is required; otherwise, the concept risks fading into obscurity or becoming little more than yet another adjectival form of leadership.

Year2010
JournalJournal of School Leadership
Journal citation20 (4), pp. 425 - 444
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.
ISSN1052-6846
Web address (URL)http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CA241628722&v=2.1&u=acuni&it=r&p=AONE&sw=w&asid=a7ef2026276f82f7981dc112a21c50c6
Page range425 - 444
Research GroupSchool of Education
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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