Managerial Leadership Competencies of Heads of Department in Higher Education Institutions in Kerala, India

14 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2015 Last revised: 26 Jan 2015

Cheryl Crosthwaite

University of Southern Queensland

Ronel Erwee

University of Southern Queensland

Date Written: September 14, 2014

Abstract

The study investigates the managerial leadership competencies and roles of Heads of Departments in higher education institutions. Thirty six Heads of Department who manage academic departments with subordinate staff in six higher education institutions in Kerala, India were interviewed using semi-structured interviews and an analytical tool. The results assist in clarifying the role of Heads of Department in Indian higher education institutions and enabled the respondents to articulate their perspectives about important managerial leadership competencies. Heads of Department perceive that they need to possess a unique balance of managerial leadership competencies in order to be effective in higher education institutions. Heads of Department confirmed that many of the managerial leadership competencies that they need to possess are commonly associated with managers in general. However, there are specific competencies which would assist them to deal with the cultural and organisation milieus in which they operate. A recommendation for practices is that if managerial leadership competencies can be identified, they can be operationalised in ways that will assist both the Head of Department and the higher education institution in terms of selection, performance management and development.

Keywords: Higher education institutions; leadership competencies; Indian universities; heads of department.

Suggested Citation

Crosthwaite, Cheryl and Erwee, Ronel, Managerial Leadership Competencies of Heads of Department in Higher Education Institutions in Kerala, India (September 14, 2014). Fourth Annual International Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship, September 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2554024 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2554024

Cheryl Crosthwaite (Contact Author)

University of Southern Queensland ( email )

P.O.Box 238 Darling Heights
Toowoomba, Queensland 4350
Australia

Ronel Erwee

University of Southern Queensland ( email )

P.O.Box 238 Darling Heights
Toowoomba, Queensland 4350
Australia

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