The Necessity for Collegiality: Power, Authority and Influence in the Middle

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Collegiality is often advocated as the best way in which to run a successful school subject department. This article explores this proposition in the light of power relationships within hierarchical organizations. Rather than viewing collegiality merely as a management model, it looks at the power relationships which condition the working lives of subject leaders to pose the question, is collegiality a deliberate strategy by, or an unavoidable necessity for, subject leaders? Fieldwork is considered in reaching the conclusion that collegiality can be seen not as a philosophical choice but as a straitjacket imposed by the severely circumscribed power resources of the subject leader.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)480-493
Number of pages14
JournalEducational Management Administration & Leadership
Issue number4
Early online date25 Apr 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes


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