Making Small Practical

The Organisation and Management of Ministries of Education in Small States

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How should one organise a ministry of education which has only a small group of professional staff? Officers must become multifunctional; but what tasks should be grouped together, and how? What styles of management are needed for the highly personalised nature of small states, in which individuals have multiple outofwork relationships as well as formal inwork ones? What arrangements can be made for career paths in a small organisation? And how can small ministries best manage the demands of regional and international linkages?

These are among questions addressed in this book. It is the product of a panCommonwealth project in which officers from small ministries contributed practical insights. Experiences have been distilled and analysed, and are presented in a lively and readable format for both administrators and trainers.

The companion study, Ministries of Education in Small States: Case Studies of Organisation and Management, contains 14 case studies in a countrybycountry format.



The Management of Small Ministries

It has already been noted that interpersonal relationships in small states are generally very different from those in large states. This feature affects the operation of ministries as much as other bodies, and may require special management procedures. In the highly personalised atmosphere of small ministries, when everything goes well it is possible to develop a strong team spirit.


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