Most colleges and
universities are very complex and sophisticated work organizations. In many cases,
college administrators have control over tens of millions of dollars of assets and are
responsible for hundreds, or thousands, of employees. The organizations that they
oversee are subject to legal and environmental regulations, are affected by economic and
political changes, and are influenced and have demands placed on them by a variety of
constituencies and stakeholders.
In other words, the people
in charge of institutions of higher education face many of the same issues and challenges
that face managers and executives of for-profit businesses. However, as with
organizations in different industries, there are particular issues specific to colleges
and universities. The purpose of these writings
is to introduce key management,
business, economic, and organizational principles that are directly
relevant to the people
who guide and lead institutions of higher education.
The writings contained in
this section of the website are parts of a book that is being written by Dr. Coleman
Patterson. Feel free to read through and use ideas that are of interest to you, but
please be sure to cite your source. Also, if you have any comments or suggestions,
please drop an e-mail message to the address on the Contact
page of this website.