The role of school principals and their executive staff has changed rapidly and radically over the last decade. They are now required to be not only leading educators but also effective business persons. The reality is, however, that most school leaders have little if any formal training for these business roles, and very limited personal experience in managing these matters. The intention of the book is to assist school leaders in developing the understanding, knowledge and skill of business processes that they need to perform this 'new' role effectively. The book does not aim to convert school leaders into accountants or entrepreneurs or marketing specialists. What it provides are the key principles and tactics of business operation that school leaders need if they are to effectively manage both the educational and business imperatives of their schools. In a sense, it is intended that this book should become the 'business bible' for school leaders - the single reliable resource they can turn to on a daily basis to assist them in addressing business issues. It features: Business bible for school leaders; Practical guide; Real life context with commentary from school leaders; and accessible reading.
Professor Larry Smith is Director of the Centre for Business Research and Chair of the Business, Economics and Public Policy Research and Research Training Committee at the University of New England. He is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian College of Educators. Dr Dan Riley is a Senior Lecturer in School Leadership at the University of New England. He is a Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, and has previously been a principal in the school sector.