Strategic development in higher education: A critical systems perspective
This paper addresses the question of what it means to adopt a systems\napproach to strategic development. It arose from reflection oil an\nongoing case of an academic subject group from a UK business school,\nwhich has long been recognized for pioneering work in the field of\nsystems thinking, using systems approaches in its own strategic\ndevelopment process. Critical reflection oil this example led to a shift\nin focus from thinking about how systems methodologies can be used to\naugment the strategic development process to consideration of why\nstrategic planning has become so important in higher education\nestablishments, such as universities, and the raising of important\nquestions about the ontological status of the strategic development\nprocess. Copyright (c) 2009 John Wiley & Soils, Ltd.