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Above and Beyond the Bottom Line
The extraordinary evolution of the education business manager
Author(s): Karen Starr
Publisher: ACER 2012
Education is BIG BUSINESS! Stakeholders are many—governments and governors, parents and students, employers and corporations, communities and nations—all with their own agendas, demands and expectations. The business surrounding education is hidden from public view, but is integral to education and student learning.
Above and Beyond the Bottom Line:The extraordinary evolution of the education business manager provides insights into the dynamic evolution and exponential expansion of education business and the rise of the education business manager—now an indispensable member of educational leadership teams.
No longer is the business manager an invisible back-office employee who balances the books. The role is highly complex and accountable and the scope of the work wide-ranging and changeable. Education business managers are professionals holding knowledge, skills and ideas that increase organisational capacity, viability and provision and enable other educational leaders to focus on learning and teaching. Building on research from around the world, this book fills a huge gap in our understandings about educational leadership in its most comprehensive sense, while discussing current issues and considerations for the future.
Above and Beyond the Bottom Line will be an invaluable resource for business managers from all education settings—schools, universities, kindergartens, training colleges—and their professional associations; educational leaders and councillors; education policymakers; advisors and auditors; and scholars and researchers interested in finding out about the extraordinary developments occurring behind the scenes in educational leadership, management and administration.
About the author
Professor Karen Starr, PhD, is the Foundation Chair in School Development and Leadership at Deakin University, Australia. She was a school principal for 15 years and was Chief Writer of South Australia’s curriculum for schools and preschools. In 2004 she won the Victorian and Australian Telstra Business Women’s Awards for the not-for-profit sector for her services to education. Karen is a Fellow and Advanced Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders and Fellow of the Australian College of Educators. Currently she serves on the Board of the Victoria Teachers Mutual Bank where she is Chair of its Governance Committee.
"...This book is therefore well worth reading. First teachers will learn a lot about what their business managers actually do. Second, aspiring business managers will learn about what they could be letting themselves in for. Finally, school principals will learn more about business management and so reflect on their own leadership patterns in this new era."
Reviewed by Dr Keith Suter, Managing Director, Global Directions
Published in the Professional Educator, Volume 11, Issue 7, October 2012
Read an article about Karen Starr in The Age by Denise Ryan on 5 March 2012.
Listen to Karen Starr on Life Matters on ABC Radio National.
Read a review about Above and Beyond the Bottom Line from Deakin Research, Deakin University.
Read an article about Karen Starr in the Macedon Range's Guardian on 13 April 2012.
Read a review by Dr Keith Suter, Managing Director, Global Directions, published in the Professional Educator, Volume 11, Issue 7, October 2012.