Leadership and information technology in higher education: A qualitative study of women administrators
Judith Cezar, McGill University , Canada
McGill University . Awarded
This study examines issues related to women's leadership and administrative roles in higher educational settings where information technologies have a prominent function. In so doing, it addresses a relatively new area in leadership. The study focuses on four main questions: Are there parallels between feminist leadership styles and a new evolving field for leaders in technology? Is there something about technology that lends itself to female leadership styles? Has technology helped validate women's styles of leadership? What does that mean to women entering the field now?
Six women administrators, interviewed over a three-month period spoke on such issues as formal and informal relationships, collaborative team building, and getting the job done. This qualitative study focuses on educational leadership as a process rather than a product, and strives to gain a deeper understanding of the day-to-day experiences and leadership practices of women administrators in education. Drawing from feminist research studies, organizational theory and studies on women in educational leadership, the study offers to expand the existing discourse in educational leadership by documenting the ways this particular group of women practice leadership.
Cezar, J. Leadership and information technology in higher education: A qualitative study of women administrators. Master's thesis, McGill University.
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