Leadership and Institutional Change in Higher Education

Leadership and Institutional Change in Higher Education
Leadership and Institutional Change in Higher Education


South African higher education institutions face enormous pressure, not least owing to the need to effect transformation within a new national policy, but also because of a crisis in institutional leadership. The White Paper requires an unprecedented level of leadership skills, especially in the areas of strategic planning and systems management.

Leadership and Institutional Change in Higher Education represents a set of papers and deliberations from a seminar convened by CHET and TELP/UNCF to address the challenges of management and administrative development in the HDIs, specifically in terms of evolving strategic vision and three-year rolling plans.



Foreword - Mike Phala



Higher Education Leadership Challenges in 1999 - Nico Cloete, Ian Bunting, Tembile Kulati


Part 1: The Challenge of Leadership

A Comparative Perspective on Leadership and Institutional Change - Jon File

Leadership Strategies for Institutional Change: The Case of the University of Zimbabwe - Walter Kamba

Restructuring and Refocusing Organisations for Effective Change: Strategies from the Private Sector and Higher Education in Partnership - Nick Segal

Strategising and Managing in a Crisis: Lessons from the Public Sector - Geoff van Rooyen

Strategic Programme and Project Leadership - Donovan Nadison


Part 2: Grappling with Change: Case Studies

Peninsula Technikon - Brian Figaji

Vista University - Hugh Africa

University of Durban-Westville - Angina Parekh


Part 3: Reflecting Foreward

The Search for a Sustainable Future - Jon File

Institutional Problems and National Needs - Tahir Wood

Leadership Lessons from the University of Fort Hare - Nandipha Tom

The Five Pillars of the Institutional Environment - Vuyisa Tanga

The Challenges of Leading an Historically Disadvantaged Institution in Strategic Planning - Charles Dlamini

Closing: Identifying Key Issues - Matthew Smith



Seminar programme

List of participants

Seminar reader