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Title: Examining the perceptions of senior management teams in three private universities in Saudi Arabia : opportunities and challenges
Author: Alghulayqah, Abdullah
ISNI:       0000 0004 5993 529X
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2016
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Saudi Arabia's rapid economic and social development has led to an increasing demand for higher education to meet the skills and knowledge demands of globalisation and the knowledge economy. In order to cater effectively for the increased demand for higher education, the government has expanded the private sector. However, higher education in Saudi Arabia is facing a range of different challenges related to, for example, its educational policies and regulations, the management of universities, funding, and the maintenance of quality standards in higher education institutions. Although the role of the senior management in private universities in Saudi Arabia has always been important to university management and performance, the increasing significance that is being given to bureaucracy, academic performance and productivity, and government intervention and accountability has greatly elevated the significance of this position. Previous research and anecdotal evidence suggest that strong academic leadership is paramount to the effective running of educational institutions and that professional measurement is needed to analyse the current management of these institutions. Using a qualitative and exploratory approach that is in line with social constructivism, this thesis explores the factors underlying the opportunities and challenges encountered by the senior management teams at three private universities in Saudi Arabia. The interviewees comprise 20 senior management members who represent the three case studies at three private universities in Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. The research addresses the opportunities and challenges to contribute to the development of academic leadership in private universities in Saudi Arabia. The data collected and analyzed generate recommendations for improving the performance of the presidents, vice presidents, and deans of these institutions to attain the desired level that the institutions were established to achieve.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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