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A Case Study on Strategic Leadership and Innovative Management of a Middle Management Team in a SAP school
middle management team
school innovative management
Schools have encountered lots of challenges in the face of globalization. Educators and researchers, in response with the globalized forces, have increasingly sought and acknowledged the importance of strategic leadership practices. Strategic leadership practices may provide better ways for schools visioning future actions, quickly responding to internal and external challenges, and developing innovative management thinking and skills. This research, in the context of advancing school quality policy which called School Actualization Program (SAP), explored how a middle management team in a comprehensive high school implemented the strategic leadership to creatively manage the school and improve its performance. Particularly, the case-study comprehensive school, compared to other kinds of public high schools, has been struggling for its insufficient human power and resource. Therefore, the process of implementing the SAP in this comprehensive high school has been more challenging, and proper exercise of strategic leadership of the middle management team of the high school was even more important. In order to grasp the relations of strategic leadership of a middle management team and its effects on innovative management, this study intentionally chose a comprehensive high school as a case study, and data collection included interview, observation, and document analysis. The major research results and conclusions are as follows: 1. The goal-oriented, professional, department-crossing, and task-based middle management team could manage the school innovatively. 2. The middle management team indeed encountered the challenges and difficulties of insufficient human power and resource while implementing the SAP. 3. The middle management team practiced the synthesizing role of the strategic leadership by scanning and analyzing the internal and external information in terms of improving the school. 4. The middle management team played the championing role of the strategic leadership in advocating new action planning to the principal and administrators. 5. The middle management team developed the facilitating role of the strategic leadership to build a job environment for innovation, and to encourage the team members to challenge the status quos and conventionally ways of doing. 6. The middle management team exercised the implementing role of the strategic leadership to carry out the strategic actions and projects in improving school management and performance. Based upon the results, some suggestions have been provided, for both practical and research purposes, to address the importance of middle management teams, strategic leadership, and school innovative management.
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