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Pages: 584-595
Publication year: 2009
ISBN: 978-84-613-2953-3
ISSN: 2340-1095

Conference name: 2nd International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 16-18 November, 2009
Location: Madrid, Spain

A CASE STUDY OF LEADERS' TRANSITIONAL EXPERIENCES DURING WIDE-SCALE EDUCATIONAL CHANGE

J. Kirk

Brandon University (CANADA)
The purpose of this study was to build an understanding of the transitional experiences of four Directors of Education who led school division restructuring initiatives in rural Saskatchewan. The data were collected through a series of three interviews in which the participants were asked to describe their transitional experiences.
The conceptual framework for this study included the work of several researchers who had previously focused on transitions. It included the concept that transitions took place in three non-linear stages: the ending, the neutral zone, and the beginning. Additionally, the conceptual framework reflected the belief that transitions are influenced by the individual’s personal circumstances. This study added to the collective knowledge of change leadership as it chronicled the lived experiences of leaders who went through personal transitions while in the process of leading change and managing the transitions of employees within their organization.
This study utilized a multiple case study design to explore the transitional experiences of educational leaders, charged with the task of leading organizational restructuring. Participants included four Directors of Education from rural Saskatchewan school divisions that were involved in the January 2006 provincial restructuring initiative.
The data analysis resulted in three understandings: a) Variations in personal circumstances have a significant impact on the way that individuals experience transitions. b) Relationship building is a key component of the transition process. c) The leader must first negotiate interpersonal relationships and then focus on repatterning processes and building relationships within the organization.
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J. Kirk (2009) A CASE STUDY OF LEADERS' TRANSITIONAL EXPERIENCES DURING WIDE-SCALE EDUCATIONAL CHANGE, ICERI2009 Proceedings, pp. 584-595.
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