International Association of Educators   |  ISSN: 1949-4270   |  e-ISSN: 1949-4289

Original article | Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research 2019, Vol. 14(3) 347-365

Strategic Management and Leadership of Education: Central and Local Perspectives in Turkey

Esra Karabağ Köse & Mehmet Fatih Köse

pp. 347 - 365   |  DOI:   |  Manu. Number: MANU-1908-01-0005

Published online: September 29, 2019  |   Number of Views: 220  |  Number of Download: 861


This study seeks to assess how Turkey’s Ministry of National Education has implemented strategic management and planning by examining the views of upper-level administrators employed in Ministry’s central and provincial administrative bodies concerning the strategic management which is a legal obligation for all educational institutions across the country. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 upper- and middle-level administrators. The findings on participants’ responses to the research questions were subject to descriptive analyses. The findings of the study are interesting as reveal that the top down reforms and legal obligations do not guarantee adequate and effective implementation in practice. Upper- and middle-level administrators emphasize that a strategic management and planning culture has not been established in Ministry of National Education and the strategic management and planning process has become a weak formality, which increases the workload rather than being an effective management tool. The study revealed that instead of strategic management and planning being to a technical process, measures need to be taken to facilitate its transformation into a cultural process. Strategic management and planning needs to consider together as a whole every stage of each process. The centralist approach should be abandoned and local mechanisms’ areas of influence need to be increased. It is an important research area that more comprehensive evaluation of the centralist strategic management approach based on strategy transfer from the center to the local level.

Keywords: Strategic management, Educational policies, Upper-level education administrators

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APA 6th edition
Kose, E.K. & Kose, M.F. (2019). Strategic Management and Leadership of Education: Central and Local Perspectives in Turkey . Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research, 14(3), 347-365. doi: 10.29329/epasr.2019.208.16

Kose, E. and Kose, M. (2019). Strategic Management and Leadership of Education: Central and Local Perspectives in Turkey . Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research, 14(3), pp. 347-365.

Chicago 16th edition
Kose, Esra Karabag and Mehmet Fatih Kose (2019). "Strategic Management and Leadership of Education: Central and Local Perspectives in Turkey ". Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research 14 (3):347-365. doi:10.29329/epasr.2019.208.16.

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