This book examines major issues in theory and research related to leader succession. It looks at the persistent problems confronted by people assigned to lead established social and professional groups like those found in schools. The author demonstrates how interaction between new leaders and established school organizations shape succession events (with illustrations drawn from educational administration) and provides a framework for understanding succession as a dynamic and interactive process.
Ann Weaver Hart is Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Utah.
"This book has the potential of being one of the year's most significant works in educational administration.
"Hart has made a significant contribution to the knowledge base of educational administration. She has developed a coherent description of a complex and dynamic phenomenon that provides substantive insights for the researcher-analyst. Additionally she has built a convincing case for new research directions and methodologies that will open new lines of inquiry." — Walter G. Hack, Ohio State University
"This book presents some of the most timely and current information available concerning a topic of considerable interest to both the scholarly and practitioner community. This is a first-rate work. The treatment of current research and excellent examples make this a 'can't put down' kind of book.
"Finding out more about whom the next generation of leaders will come from in a field that is so often described as bankrupt of any true leadership may indeed be one of the more critical issues facing the field of education in general — and educational administration in particular." — John C. Daresh, University of Northern Colorado