Mission and Change
Institutional Mission and Its Application to the Management of Further and Higher Education. Society for Research into Higher Education
Graham Peeke reviews critically the concept of institutional mission in higher and further education, and evaluates the claims made for its use. Through case studies, he analyses different methods of establishing objectives, provides guidance on how to operationalize missions so that they are more than just rhetoric, and links institutional change with the development of a strategic perspective in education management. He argues that it is essential to adopt participative methods in mission development, that procedures for operationalization are crucial, and that broad dimensions of mission need to be agreed with the core of the organization. However, given the plurality of educational organizations, he also argues that autonomy is necessary for significant groupings throughout the institutions. This is essential reading for all policy-makers and managers in higher and further education, and for researchers into the management of higher education.
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"Graham Peeke has provided a very welcome addition to the relatively small list of books dealing with mission in higher education...this book will certainly provoke thought of a kind which can only be beneficial to the individuals and to the institution. Mission and Change is an essential purchase for any college or university library, and for many individuals working at responsiblelevels in further and higher education." - Higher Education Review