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Management Fads in Higher Education: Where They Come From, What They Do, Why They Fail (Higher education series) [Paperback]

By Robert Birnbaum (Author)
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Birnbaum traces the paths of seven popular management fads in higher education, presenting a model describing their life cycle -- development, diffusion, consequences and eventual disappearance. He shows how management fads contributed to several major problems in higher education, and explains what academic managers can do to maximize the benefits fads can provide while minimizing their organizational costs. Index.

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"Management fads in higher education will never be the same. Birnbaum's penetrating analysis reveals in the clearest possible terms why fads die an early death."
--Burton R. Clark, Allan M. Carter Professor Emeritus of Higher Education and Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
"Anyone in higher education leadership should read this critical and amusing book. It goes much further than the dull descriptions of management techniques for universities and colleges. It is fair, convincing, and well documented."
--Frans van Vught, Rector Magnificus, University of Twente, The Netherlands
When is a management innovation truly a good idea, and when is it only a fad? In this thoughtful book, Robert Birnbaum scrutinizes the rise and fall of management fads in higher education since the 1960s. He shows administrators and faculty how to move beyond the hype of new fads to make wise, informed decisions and adopt sound management policies.
Birnbaum begins by analyzing the historical development of seven major management systems in higher education. From these histories, he develops a model for understanding the life cycle of management innovations, including their creation, development, and eventual adoption or abandonment. He then explains the social and environmental factors that make institutions vulnerable to fads, plus the psychological issues that may lead academic managers to support failing fads. This comprehensive resource is for anyone who wants to understand how management innovations can be used to strengthen the educational and social purposes of higher education.
To read the first chapter of this book, Seeking the Grail: The Never-Ending Quest, click here.

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  • Reference and Research Bk News - 02/01/2001 page 150

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Studio: Jossey-Bass
Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.16" Width: 6.23" Height: 1.02"
Weight:   1.19 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 4, 2000
Publisher   Jossey-Bass
Edition  New  
ISBN  0787944564  
ISBN13  9780787944568  

Availability  87 units.
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More About Robert Birnbaum

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! ROBERT BIRNBAUM is professor of higher education at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he teaches and writes about higher academic leadership and organization. He was previously vice chancellor of the City University of New York, vice chancellor of the New Jersey Department of Higher Education, and chancellor of the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. He is also author, coauthor, and editor of numerous articles and books, including How Academic Leadership Works and How Colleges Work.

Robert Birnbaum currently resides in Brookeville, in the state of Maryland. Robert Birnbaum has an academic affiliation as follows - Univ. of Maryland, College Park University of Maryland, College Park U.

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A rewarding simplification  Oct 28, 2002
Birnbaum provides an interesting analysis of educational institutions between 1960 and 2000 groping for silver bullets to salve perceived failures and save their positions of influence. The book is worth reading to understand something of the nature of education institutions' political climate. Birnbaum's premise is well stated and discussed admirably, not withstanding some simplification to accomplish this in under 300 pages. His writing style is quite readable, as always.

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