Intellectual Capital Reporting in Schools: A Complexity-Scientific Approach to Educational Management

By Andreas Liening and Ewald Mittelstaedt.

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The self-organisation of schools is in the centre of this article. The increasing autonomy of schools enhances their degrees of freedom and the complexity of their order structures. The question arises, whether schools should be supervised under a central control and a strict regulation by authorities such as ministries. The authors reject this – according to Hayek’s view - as a constructivist error and search for a synergetic solution. For this purpose the authors define a school as a “non-linear, dynamical system” and introduce intellectual capital reporting (IC reporting) as an adequate methodological tool. IC reporting can be understood as a decentralised and output-oriented approach to school management. Finally, a list of learning objectives will be formulated, which should be kept in mind in the context of educational leadership programmes.

Keywords: Educational Management, School, Complexity Sciences, Synergetics, Intellectual Capital Reporting, non-linear, dynamical system

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 7, pp.15-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.354MB).

Prof. Dr. Andreas Liening

Professor, Associated Centre of Complexity Sciences and Business Education, Technische Universitaet Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany

Dr. Andreas Liening, professor and head of the associated centre of complexity sciences and economic education at Technische Universitaet Dortmund, has had 20 years of experience in a range of research, lecturing and administrative positions in business management, economics, mathematics and ICT for learning. His doctoral studies were in the area of intelligent tutorial systems, his habilitation treatise about complex systems between order and chaos. He has been involved in some major research projects in recent years, e.g. supported by the European Council.

Prof. Ewald Mittelstaedt

Research Fellow, Associated Centre of Complexity Sciences and Business Education, Technische Universitaet Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany

Ewald Mittelstaedt, Master of Science in Business Management, is a research fellow in business education at TU Dortmund University. Ewald currently lectures undergraduate and postgraduate students in the areas of applied business education and business gaming with focus on computer-based learning. His research interests lie in the areas of Educational Management, E-Learning and Self-Organization.


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