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The preparation for succession planning for future SPC principals in Thailand

Leadership succession planning is an important strategy, not only when a school is considered effective, but also for sustaining future effectiveness. This research examines the importance of more systematic leadership succession planning for the schools of the Sisters of St Paul of Chartres (SPC) Congregation in Thailand. The study includes a critical review of the relevant literature and the analysis emphasises the distinctiveness of the school leadership in a Catholic school as compared with state secular schools. The empirical research was conducted in Thailand and the UK, with samples of six experienced Principals, eight new Principals, eight Aspirant Principals, five experienced SPC Teachers and three UK Programme Directors of MA Catholic leadership. A qualitative research approach using interview and focus groups interview discussion was employed. Analysis of the field work data demonstrates the key themes in any future leadership programme need to include (a) a systematic programme of mentoring (in theory and practice), (b) an emphasis upon the importance of mission integrity and of the concepts of servant leadership and ( c) the development of discernment capacity in those preparing for leadership. It also demonstrated that Catholic values and the values of the culture of Thailand have to be carefully appreciated. The study concludes with various practice and policy suggestions for implementing a new form of leadership succession planning in the SPC Congregation in the future.
Date January 2013
CreatorsSritrakul, Boonraksa
PublisherUniversity of Nottingham
Source SetsEthos UK
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeElectronic Thesis or Dissertation

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