Journal article

'Sandwiched' or 'filtering': middle leaders' agency in innovation enactment

Jiming Zhou, Christopher Deneen

JOURNAL OF HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY AND MANAGEMENT | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

University middle leaders play a significant role in change management. While research examines the outcomes of change management, far less attention has been paid to how middle leaders develop agency and negotiate their identities in achieving these outcomes. This study presents the cases of two middle leaders in Shanghai enacting a curriculum reform at their respective universities. Participants were interviewed at the beginning and the end of the first innovation year and relevant curriculum documents were collected. Data were analysed using a thematic analysis protocol. Figured worlds theory provides a conceptual lens for analysis. The two leaders demonstrated distinctly different patter..

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