An investigation into school principals' experience and perceptions of participative management

Mungunda, Charles (2004) An investigation into school principals' experience and perceptions of participative management. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.




The purpose of this research was to investigate three principals’ perceptions and experience of participative management and to gain insight into and understanding of the dimensions involved in participative management from the perspective of the three principals. The research was conducted within the interpretive paradigm, since I was interested in understanding the subjective experience and individual perceptions of three principals with regard to participative management and the meaning they attach to it in their natural settings: how they describe, interpret and make sense of participative management. Data were collected by means of questionnaires, interviews and observation. The findings indicate overwhelming support for the notion that participative management (collegiality) does have a positive influence with regard to creating a sense of common goals, shared vision, a sense of ownership, commitment and improved human relations. The respondents emphasized the critical role of the leader in facilitating the implementation of collegiality as well as an increasing awareness of the potential of participative management to improve human development through delegation. The responses revealed interesting paradoxes with regard to the tensions between leadership and leaderless organizations, as well as between autonomy and interdependence. Responses also reflect the sentiment that participative management should be selective, involving only those with the necessary skills and expertise in the decision-making process. While there is an appreciation of the benefits to be derived from collegiality, critical statements about participative management include the time-consuming nature of participative management, and the notion that participative management impinges on the authority of the principals.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Education Namibia, School management, School change, Principals
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labour > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
ID Code:2760
Deposited By: Philip Clarke
Deposited On:07 May 2012 07:37
Last Modified:20 Jun 2013 13:20
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