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Principal Proactivity: School Principals' Proactive Behavior Forms and Their Levels of Display

Principal Proactivity: School Principals' Proactive Behavior Forms and Their Levels of Display
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Author(s): Tuncer Fidan (University of Ankara, Turkey) and Ali Balcı (University of Ankara, Turkey)
Copyright: 2016
Pages: 30
Source title: Applied Chaos and Complexity Theory in Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Şefika Şule Erçetin (Hacettepe University, Turkey)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0460-3.ch003

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Abstract

Increasing environmental complexity and ambiguity require organizations to rely on their members' proactive behaviors to deal with potential chaotic occurences surrounding the organizational functioning. Individuals respond these occurences by displaying various proactive behavior forms to build predictability islands in ocean of uncertainty. In this context, principal proactivity is one of key determinants of effectiveness of schools functioning in complex and anarchic environments. In this study, numerous forms of proactive behaviour were categorized under six general dimensions as innovativeness, issue selling, social networking, strategic scanning, strategic learning and feedback seeking. A causal comparative design was used to determine levels of general forms of proactive behavior performed by school principals. The data were collected from school principals working at different levels of public and private schools in Istanbul Province during 2014-2015 year. According to the results of study, the most frequent form of proactive behaviour displayed by school principals was strategic learning.

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