Women, Leadership, and Organizational Culture in Higher Education: Lessons Learned from South Africa and Ghana

Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela, Yeukai A. Mlambo

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Abstract

Globalization has played a significant role in redefining the role and identity of higher education institutions across the world and universities in developing are no exception. Education policies in many developing countries have historically favored and funded the development of basic education; however there has been a gradual shift in national policies towards investing in higher education sector. This chapter is based on a qualitative study that examines how the intersection of gender, socio-cultural factors, and organizational culture impact professional experiences of women academics selected public universities in Ghana and South Africa. Given the glaring absence of women in academic positions across many African universities, particularly at senior ranks, this study seeks to provide an understanding of challenges and opportunities that influence the upward mobility of women academics/academic leaders and the strategies these women have employed to persist in academic contexts that are not always supportive.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Changing Role of Women in Higher Education
EditorsHeather Eggins
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Chapter4
Pages75-92
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-42436-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-42434-7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 12 2016

Publication series

NameThe Changing Academy – The Changing Academic Profession in International Comparative Perspective
Volume17

Keywords

  • high education
  • high education institution
  • leadership position
  • academic staff
  • black people

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