The main focus of this research is the informal process evident in policy and practice in the context of promotion to senior management positions in Presbyterian Schools in Trinidad, West Indies. This analysis explores the conflicts that exist in the promotion system in this context. All major stakeholders are represented – decision-makers, candidates for promotion, and teachers. A qualitative approach is employed via interviews and questionnaires. The phenomenon of “insiderness” assumes a major role in this research since undergirding this exploration is the belief that to examine human activity is to engage in subjective exploration. ‘Conflict’ is treated as a major component of micropolitical activity in organisational life. The findings lead to the conclusion that ignorance and lack of training on the part of decision-makers in the promotion context do result in policy and procedure that are not clearly defined. This translates into a lack of transparency and accountability which gives rise to misconception, misinterpretation and misunderstanding. It was found that a variety of conflicts exist with regard to fundamental issues, suggesting that change can be realised through apolitical purpose, clarification of goals, and systems that promote transparency and accountability.
|Keywords:||Conflict, Promotion Process, Management Positions, Transparency|
Lecturer, School of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Education, University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
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