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School Leadership Training under Globalisation: Comparisons of the UK, the US and Norway


  • Arild Tjeldvoll

    (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

  • Christopher Wales

    (Norwegian School of Management)

  • Anne Welle-Strand

    (Norwegian School of Management)


In common the three countries see a need for increased quality of schooling as necessary because of globalisation. Leadership is crucial to achieve quality. However, there are distinct critiques in all countries fearing ineffective bureaucratization. There is resistance among education researchers towards the market orientation and the application of the language of business. Universities have played a conservative role. In terms of differences, the UK is uniformby its centrally organised National College, while the US with over 500 programmes and no national coordination shows complexity, if not chaos. Norway, with its National Network gives much freedom to individual institutions, although the diversity leads to tensions when the municipalities now can choose the training providers. All three nations are attempting to ‘reframe and reform’. Some educators think the defining factors will be quality of performance and quality of collaboration, while others believe that there must be a shift from focus on performance to focus on learning.

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  • Arild Tjeldvoll & Christopher Wales & Anne Welle-Strand, 2005. "School Leadership Training under Globalisation: Comparisons of the UK, the US and Norway," Managing Global Transitions, University of Primorska, Faculty of Management Koper, vol. 3(1), pages 23-49.
  • Handle: RePEc:mgt:youmgt:v:3:y:2005:i:1:p:23-49

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    globalisation; school leadership; training; policy;

    JEL classification:

    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy


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