Tobias FeldhoffStephan Gerhard HuberHans-Günter Rolff

Steering groups as designers of school development processes


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This research article attempts to take initial stock of steering groups in terms of their prevalence, their roles and responsibilities in transformation processes, their positions in the organizational structure of schools, their infl uence on leadership self-concept, and also in terms of problems and dilemmas. The article analyzes and evaluates the available empirical studies on steering groups, which also include the authors' own research, regarding said topics and attempts to place the formation of steering groups in an international context. Within this context the article also discusses the question of possible alternatives to steering groups.

School leadership, School development, School as a social organization, Organization development