Management by Manipulation

Administrators may be sorely tempted to engage in management by manipulation because it has the ability to bring about results in the short term. For the type of administrator who’s mostly interested in adding lines to a résumé and then moving up the institutional ladder, it can be an effective enough technique. But for those who are more interested in building a solid program than in building an impressive vita, and who plan to stay around for a while, management by manipulation doesn’t go the distance.

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