The first part of this paper offers a historical perspective on policy changes in the UK in the last decades of the 20th century before addressing the evolution of leadership roles and management structures from the late 1980s. The second part of the paper considers some of the current drivers of internal and external change before discussing the kind of changes in internal governance that are emerging and that should be considered for the future. I conclude by arguing for a shift in focus from structure and roles to people and processes in the task of leading change in universities.
Published in Higher Education Quarterly, 0951–5224
Volume 58, No. 4, October 2004, pp 258–279
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