Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Ho, J., Imran Shaari, & Kang, T. (2021). Vice-principals as leaders: Role ambiguity and role conflicts faced by vice-principals in Singapore. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 51(3), 575-593. https://doi.org/10.1177/17411432211002527
This article examines what vice-principals in Singapore experience as constraints to their leadership practice, and how they deal with these constraints, cognisant that role misalignment for vice-principals presents barriers to schools achieving optimal effectiveness. This qualitative study seeks to hear the voices of vice-principals, to uncover the contextual richness of their experiences through interviews with 28 vice-principals. Coding involved a mix of codes from the literature and from the interviews, with member checking of the findings. Vice-principals in Singapore face two main constraints: role ambiguity and role conflicts. These are mainly a structural issue, given the dual expectations of vice-principals to support their principals and to lead. The problems are heightened when there are clashes of values, with vice-principals conflicted between two sources of authority: administrative and professional. Framing the constraints faced by vice-principals under role ambiguity and role conflicts raises these constraints to a theoretical and organisational level. The study proposes a link between the concepts of role ambiguity and role boundaries and illustrates how role ambiguity and conflicts can be disempowering. However, the study also shows that ambiguity need not always be a constraint but can be positive under some conditions.
This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Educational Management Administration & Leadership. The published version is available online at https://doi.org/10.1177/17411432211002527
|Appears in Collections:||Journal Articles|
Show full item record
Files in This Item:
|EMAL-51-3-575.pdf||417.13 kB||Adobe PDF|
checked on Jun 4, 2023
WEB OF SCIENCETM
checked on May 27, 2023
checked on Jun 3, 2023
checked on Jun 3, 2023
Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.