Innovation Management Strategies Adopted by Selected Elementary Schools in New Taipei City, Taiwan
Innovation management has recently become mainstream for most school authorities. Many schools have achieved outstanding results under this concept by employing a set of simple and efficient strategies. Such policies could assist schools in establishing their own characteristics and improving the quality of education. In this article, we first introduce the concept of school innovation management. Subsequently, we investigate the responses of faculty members (26 principals and 430 teachers) working in InnoSchools of New Taipei City, Taiwan, from 2006 to 2008 according to the results of our questionnaire surveys and visits. The purposes of this research include the following: To understand the current situation of school innovation management, to discuss the possible factors and difficulties that can affect policy outcomes, and to analyze the strategies school authorities adopted during the process of innovation. We found that principal leadership is the most critical element for school innovation management. Most of these policies function fluently under the supervision of a competent principal. Nevertheless, a lack of time for execution is the largest obstacle. Therefore, school authorities should redistribute resources to facilitate implementing their plans by using the four actions framework of the blue ocean strategy. In summary, innovation management can be promoted through the following steps. First, eliminate vacant spaces and useless places in the campus. Second, reduce staff burden and resource wastage. Third, raise the quality and quantity of manpower. Finally, create a positive environment for students and encourage them to learn multiple skills.
|關鍵詞||策略、學校創新經營、藍海策略、SWOT、strategy、school innovation management、blue ocean strategy、SWOT analysis|