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Dan C. Lortie

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226493480

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226493503.001.0001

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Reality and Response

Reality and Response

A Managerial Subculture

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(p.167) 8 Reality and Response
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School Principal
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Dan C. Lortie

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226493503.003.0009

This chapter investigates how the work of elementary school principals in the U.S. differs from the work of other managers. In comparison with other executives, elementary school principals have an unusual relationship with subordinate rank and public prominence, since they lack policy-setting and financial autonomy. This chapter highlights the fact that principals work in an emotionally charged setting and explains that school work is marked by considerable uncertainty in the knowledge base on which its managers must work.

Keywords:   elementary school principals, managers, public prominence, financial autonomy, knowledge base

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