"Most of the literature on organizational studies defines a boundary
spanner as an individual who links their organization with the external
environment and primarily concerns the exchange of information between the
organization and environment. Leaders are boundary spanners. Leaders often find
themselves as the connection point between the boundaries of their organization
and others outside the organization."
Andrew J. Harvey and Raymond E. Foster (Leadership: Texas Hold 'em
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An Integrated View Of The Relationship Between The
Organization And Its Environment
The contingency theory of organizations suggests a basic task of top managers or
strategists is to fit strategies and structure with the environment. The
creation of this alignment or fit requires strategists to recognize the
opportunities and threats from an environment which is characterized by
uncertainty. To define and measure the environment, three basic perspectives
have evolved since the late 1950's: The objective environment perspective, the
perceived environment perspective, and the enacted environment perspective. Each
of these perspectives offers value to strategists creating
Boundary Spanner: The Gatekeeper of Innovation in
We are facing new forms of engagement, where unlikely alliances bring unexpected
returns....and where traditional opposition often seems to be saying just what
you are saying while meaning something altogether different.
Successful management of colleges and universities depends upon the ability of
the senior leaders to adapt to rapidly changing external environment.
Unfortunately, the lead time once enjoyed by decision makers to analyze and
respond to these and other changes is decreasing. Traditional long-range
planning models, with their inward focus and reliance on historical data, do not
encourage decision makers to anticipate environmental changes and assess their
impact on the organization.
Environmental scanning as information seeking and
Environmental scanning is the acquisition and use of information about events,
trends, and relationships in an organization's external environment, the
knowledge of which would assist management in planning the organization's future
course of action. Depending on the organization's beliefs about environmental
analyzability and the extent that it intrudes into the environment to understand
it, four modes of scanning may be differentiated: undirected viewing,
conditioned viewing, enacting, and searching.
Leadership Responsibilities of Professionals
This chapter introduces a leadership development model that raises the question:
Leadership for what? Leadership is about going somewherepersonally and in
concert with others in an organization1. Although leadership is often discussed
in terms of leader qualities and skills, especially position (elected or
appointed) leadership, the matter of leadership as a responsibility of each
professional receives little attention. Organizations and programs do not
flourish with one leader in a group. Thus, more attention has to be paid to the
definition of leader as anyone willing to help (Wheatley, 2005). Leadership is
not about position only, but about taking responsibility as a member of a group
(whether 2-person or 60-person) to share leadership for the organizations
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Weddle's Association Directory
Professional associations and societies often operate Web-sites featuring job
boards, resume banks or other employment-related services (these can include job
agents, banner advertising and discussion forums for networking). This Directory
is specially designed to help you find those association sites. It lists several
thousand associations from around the world by their primary
professional/occupational focus and/or industry of interest and provides a link
to the Web-site they operate.
Emailed updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on
your choice of query or topic.
Some handy uses of Google Alerts include: monitoring a developing news story;
keeping current on a competitor or industry; getting the latest on a celebrity
or event; keeping tabs on your favorite sports teams.
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