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The Strategic Management of Higher Education Institutions by Hamid Kazeroony

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Chapter 4

Change Process in Existing Institutions

David P. Bugay

Higher education institutions may be inherently resistant to change since they are built on hierarchical traditions that are fortified by political processes exercised by highly independent intellectuals. Both benefits and perils exist in the shared governance model often found in higher education, where a highly skilled, concerned, and verbal faculty can be as influential in leadership as those who hold leadership by title. Change evokes the best and worst in human behavior. The most powerful tool for initiating change is the realization of its necessity and the definition of its purpose and goal. People may instinctively resist change, typically for one of three reasons: they ...

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