Nested Leadership: The Interpretation of Organizational Change in a Multicollege System

Pamela L. Eddy
2006 Community College Journal of Research and Practice  
College leaders serve important roles as guides for campus understanding during times of change. Within multi-college districts, campus members deal with several levels of leadership, ranging from department chairs to the college president to the system chancellor. These leaders may send conflicting messages regarding change or have competing end goals for change. The research reported here sought to investigate the influence of the system chancellor on change initiatives at the individual
more » ... the individual colleges within the system. Findings from this investigation concluded that leadership within the system was nested, whereby the overall direction of change came from the chancellor and was replicated as a change effort on each of the district's campuses. The implementation of the initiative, however, was filtered through the culture of each separate campus, resulting in different interpretations by campus members at each of the separate colleges.
doi:10.1080/10668920500248878 fatcat:6kna5cmbqnhcbipqy7uyhuydrq