Leadership in Education: Organizational Theory for the Practitioner

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This book introduces the pivotal theories of organizational leadership behavior in a direct, comprehensive manner. By design, it is written to challenge, change, and expand the leadership behaviors of readers. Clearly organized, it exposes readers to Closed Systems theories from the first half of the 20th century, Open (Contingency) theories from the mid- century, and current postmodern or anti-positivistic theories. For anyone in a leadership role—or anyone trying to achieve one, and interested in examining their own leadership behavior.

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Titles of related interest also from Waveland Press: Daresh, Supervision as Proactive Leadership, Fourth Edition (ISBN 9781577664680); and Henson, Supervision: A Collaborative Approach to Instructional Improvement (ISBN 9781577665892).

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Russ Marion grew up in North Carolina and received four degrees in education and educational administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been a public school teacher, a school principal, and a program director in the North Carolina Department of Education. He is currently a professor of educational leadership at Clemson University in South Carolina where he teaches several courses in organizational theory. Marion's research interests include organizational theory, school finance and student achievement, and nonlinear social dynamics. He has published articles on organizational theory and finance in journals such as Journal of Education Finance, The British Journal of Management in Education, Emergence: A Journal of Complexity Issues in Organizations and Management, and The Journal of School Leadership. In addition to this text, Russ Marion has also written The Edge of Organization: Chaos and Complexity Theories of Formal Social Systems.

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