Aligning governmental and organizational missions: building a model of FE organizations in Malta

Zarb, Nicholas J. (2013) Aligning governmental and organizational missions: building a model of FE organizations in Malta. PhD thesis, University of Lincoln.

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Abstract

Purpose: This thesis proposes a first conceptual model using data gathered in 2012, to delineate the assessed alignment between the Maltese government’s policy for the further education sector (FE) and FE organizations’ missions. Although alignment models exist, no research has been published detailing the FE sector and the usefulness of such models in small island states.
Methodology: Since alignment is multifaceted, a complementarity blended approach was used to help uncover its complexities. Data were collected from seven FE vocational and academic organizations via questionnaires to academic staff; interviews with principals and other internal and external stakeholders; content analysis of mission statements.
Findings: Assessing alignment to create the conceptual model showed that there is only moderate alignment between organizational mission and government policy while organizational missions in practice differ significantly from organizational mission statements. Due to their brevity, mission statements can only capture a part of such organization mission. There may be occasions where organizational realities exceed the expectations of a mission statement thus turning conventional wisdom on its head.
Significance: By utilizing systems theory a new conceptual model based on inputs, outputs, organizational processes and feedback is proposed together with a new metaphor of an operating theatre to add to existing metaphorical explanations of the field. Such an alignment model explains the FE sector in the small island state of Malta. The use of a complementarity blended method may be useful to explain educational alignment in other small states.

Keywords:alignment models, Further education, mixed method, Systems theory, small island states, Malta
Subjects:X Education > X341 Academic studies in Further Education
Divisions:Professional services > Lincoln Higher Education Research Institute
ID Code:14690
Deposited On:15 Aug 2014 09:42

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